CHICHESTER Cathedral has become the UK’s first public building to display ethically-sourced gold after steeplejacks carefully placed this 3ft weather vane on the spire yesterday.
The cockerel has been gilded in Fairtrade and Fairmined gold from Peru in a pioneering collaboration between Chichester Cathedral, Chichester-based ethical jewellers Cred and the Fairtrade Foundation.
It was sourced from the Sotrami Mine by Cred and then sent to Italy to be turned into gold leaf.
The Very Rev Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester, said ‘Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold provides a lifeline for thousands of impoverished and exploited miners in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
‘If every jeweller, and indeed every customer, were to insist on only gold sourced in this way then thousands of small scale miners, and their communities, would be guaranteed a better future.’
Only 10g of gold was needed and cost a modest £400 but Mr Frayling said the implications were ‘priceless’.