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T h e W o r l d ’ s B i g g e s t F a i r t r a d e T a b l e C l o t h !. M a r c h 3 r d 2 0 1 0. Fair Trade Wales aims to increase awareness and engagement around Fair Trade issues in Wales, support a self-sustaining Fair Trade movement in Wales

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Fair Trade Wales aims to increase awareness and engagement around Fair Trade issues in Wales,

support a self-sustaining Fair Trade movement in Wales

and to enhance the commitment to Fair Trade in Wales of the public, private and third sectors.

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2010, Fair Trade Wales joined forces with 85 schools to raise awareness of Fair Trade by producing the world’s biggest Fairtrade table cloth!

The tablecloth was made from patches of Fairtrade cotton and used at a giant Fairtrade tea party for MPs and AMs, held outside Y Senedd in Cardiff Bay on March 3rd 2010.


Side A

Schools across Wales were busy designing colourful Fairtrade cotton patches on the theme of Fair Trade in the run-up to Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.

The finished patches were sewn together to create this impressive giant display!

The patches showcase each school’s artistic ability and creativity, but more importantly, the designs demonstrate the awareness and support of Fair Trade shown by the young people of Wales.

No two patches look the same; the designs focus on a wide variety of different Fair Trade issues. What the patches share, however, is an understanding of Fair Trade issues and a positive approach to change.

It’s great to see Wales’ young people united in their support of the BIG issues surrounding Fair Trade, a concept that is fully realised in the table cloth itself: when the individual cotton patches are sewn together the result is outstanding!

Enjoy this selection of photographs of the table cloth. Perhaps you can spot your school’s patch?


Side B

Side C


Side D

Side A

Side D


The tablecloth caught the attention of Wales’ AMs and generated much discussion on the topic of Fair Trade. Thanks to the efforts of the schools that contributed to the eye-catching tablecloth, an impressive 22 AMs made BIG swaps, pledging to swap a product they buy regularly to its Fair Trade alternative and added their pledges to the table cloth making it even BIGGER!- a fantastic result!

here s a selection of photographs of some of the ams that made big swaps on the day
Here’s a selection of photographs of some of the AMs that made BIG swaps on the day!

Janet Ryder AM (below) pledged to swap to Fairtrade rice and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM (right) made his BIG swap to Fairtrade nuts. Lorraine Barrett AM (bottom right) hosted the day.

Andrew Davies AM (top left), Jane Hutt AM (top right) and John Griffiths AM (bottom left) all pledge to swap to Fairtrade flowers!

Jane Davidson AM spoke at the event (pictured below, pledging to swap to Fairtrade melons).

In her role as Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Jane Davidson AM works closely with global issues and is a keen supporter of Fair Trade. She was pleased to meet so many young Fairtrade enthusiasts and encouraged the pupils to keep up the good work and continue to support Fair Trade.

Pupils from Allensbank Primary School, Glantaf Community Infants School and Ysgol Gymraeg Garth Olwg attended the event to perform songs and poems and to hear from Dushantha Delwita, a Sri Lankan Fairtrade tea producer (pictured below with pupils, AMs and Fair Trade Wales staff).


Ysgol Gynradd Bronant

Ysgol Gynradd Llanilar

Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol Dihewyd

Felinfach Primary School


Ysgol Bro Cernyw

Ysgol Glan Gele


Nercwys VCP School

Rector Drew Junior School

Trelawnyd VA School

Ysgol Gwynedd

Taliesin Junior School

Venerable Edward Morgan RC Primary

Hawarden High School


Rougemont School

Rhymney Comprehensive

Malpas Court Primary


Ysgol Abererch

Ysgol Edmwnd Prys

Ysgol Eifion Wyn

Ysgol Penybryn

Ysgol y Gorlan

Ysgol Llanllechid


Upper Rhymney Primary

Usk Church in Wales Primary


Haverfordwest VC School

St. Aidan’s VA School


Brecon High School

Bronllys CP School

Builth Wells High School

Ffynnon Gynydd Primary

Cwmdu CIW (VA) Primary School

Franksbridge C P School

Gungrog School

Llandysilio CiW School

Llangattock CIW Primary

Machynlleth Primary

St Joseph's RC School

Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd

Ysgol Glantwymyn

Ysgol Llangynfelyn

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Ferndale Infant School

Glantaf Community Infant School

Glenboi Community Primary School

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Garth Olwg


Brynhyfryd Junior School

Clydach Junior School

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pontardawe

Vale of Glamorgan

Llancarfan Primary

St. Nicholas CW Primary

St. Joseph’s RC Primary

St Richard Gwyn High School

Landough Primary


Alun School

Johnstown Junior School

Rhosddu Primary

Holt Community Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic & Anglican High School

St. Christopher's School

Ysgol Sychdyn

Fair Trade Wales would like to thank all of the schools that helped make the

world’s biggest Fairtrade table cloth!

We wouldn’t have been able to do it without…


Ysgol Llandrygarn


Brynteg Comprehensive

Garth Primary

Heol-y-Cyw Primary

Ogmore School

Pencoed Primary

Tondu Primary

Wick and District Playgroup

Ysgol Cynwyd Sant

Coychurch Llangrallo Primary

Ysgol Y Ferch o'r Sger


Birchgrove Primary

Christ the King Primary

Eglwys Wen Primary

Glyn Derw High School

Meadowbank Special School

St. Bernadette’s Primary

St. Mellon’s CIW School

St. Philip Evans RC School

Herbert Thompson Infant School

Howell’s School


Laugharne VCP School

Rhydygors Behaviour Support Centre

Ysgol Dyffryn Taf

Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn

Ysgol Gymraeg Parc y Tywyn

Ysgol y Dderwen



  • Schools can order Fairtrade cotton from a number of places including: http://www.organiccotton.biz/ (the tablecloth fabric was purchased from here)
  • For a full list visit: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/products/cotton/stockists.aspx
  • For Fairtrade School Uniform suppliers view our suppliers list at: http://www.fairtradewales.com/schools/resources/493
  • To campaign for more places to stock Fairtrade School Uniforms visit: http://peopleandplanet.org/wearfair
  • For personalised cotton bags, or personalised tea towels for schools visit: http://www.bishopstontrading.co.uk/shop/articles.php?category_id=26 http://www.bishopstontrading.co.uk/shop/articles.php?category_id=10
  • For more pictures of the tablecloth event visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairtradewales/sets/72157623429451323/