WATCH: Explore latest attractions at The Alnwick Garden
A new exhibition has been unveiled at The Alnwick Garden in partnership with Traidcraft.
The Fairtrade organisation and the attraction have teamed up to promote the Let it Grow Campaign and The Roots and Shoots Project, which both help children to live a happier and healthier life.
The new attraction at the Northumberland garden, unveiled today, has a replica Bamboo House hidden at the centre of its famous maze - a typical home for farmers and their families in developing countries.
Head gardener Trevor Jones, who visited India last year to see Traidcraft's work up close, designed the house based on his experiences overseas.
The joint initiative aims to raise awareness and help smallholder farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries to develop their farming practices. In turn, this will build their skills enabling them to trade their way out of poverty.
Speaking of his work, Mr Jones said: “Visiting India with Traidcraft opened my eyes to the vital work being done to support farmers and communities in developing countries. While there are similarities between my job here at the garden and the work of farmers overseas, in that growing plants is our livelihood, the hardships and challenges those smallholder farmers and their families face just to grow enough food to feed themselves is incredible.
“Having seen for myself the life-changing work that Traidcraft does, it is fantastic to be able to raise awareness of the Let It Grow campaign in the Alnwick Garden. Visitors might find it hard to believe a whole family would live in a house similar to the one we’ve hidden in our maze."
Today, other activities were running at the garden to spread the message at the heart of the campaign. Some of these included getting access to the community garden to learn more about growing and harvesting herbs, fruit and vegetables.
Up until Friday, you can also visit a photography display at the garden. The pictures capture images of children in Traidcraft communities, along with images of youngsters in Northumberland.
For more information about the project, click here. If you want to donate, call 01665 511350 or email [email protected]