The FIG Tree, Fair Trade Visitor Centre & Café in Garstang, Lancashire
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Come and visit The FIG Tree; the world's first international Fair Trade Visitor Centre located centrally in the world's first Fair Trade Town. The people of Garstang voted for their unique status at a public meeting in April 2000 and since then over 1,500 Fair Trade Towns in 24 countries worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Vancouver and Wellington in New Zealand have all followed in Garstang's footsteps.
To celebrate Garstang's International success the FIG Tree provides;
A Fair Trade Exhibition focussing on fair trade and trade injustice by exploring the four themes; Fair Trade and Fair Trade Towns, The British Atlantic Slave Trade and its abolition, Quaker Heritage in '1652 country' and chocolate.
A cafe and a shop selling local and fair trade products and our Bean To Bar chocolate
Educational Programme including our innovative and unique interactive chocolate making events using cocoa from New Koforidua and live video links.
A starting point for The Fair Trade Way - a long distance Fair trade Heritage Walk
The FIG Tree also offers:
- Events including Corporate Fair Trade Chocolate workshops and Fair Trade chocolate safaris
- Package Tours to Garstang
- Advice, support and information on the International Fair Trade Towns movement
- A variety of volunteering opportunities and the chance to become a Member shareholder of The FIG Tree
We are always keen to adapt our events to meet your requirements so please contact us to find out what we can do for you.
The town of Garstang has been a pioneering force in the Fairtrade movement. They provide a best practice example of how communities can work together for the benefit of society as a whole. The establishment of the FIG Tree international visitor centre is the logical next stage in maintaining Garstang as a beacon for Fairtrade.Gordon Brown MP, former Prime Minister, February 2011
The beacon that has started in Garstang can spread like wildfire through the whole country and beyond.George Foulkes MP, former Under Secretary of State, June 2000
I have had the pleasure of working in the museums and heritage sector for nearly 20 years and I can honestly say that I have never witnessed a more impressive project than The FIG TreeSteve Miller, Former Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, (World Heritage site), 2013