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The FIG Tree, Fair Trade Visitor Centre & Café in Garstang, Lancashire

FIG Tree News

August at The FIG Tree

Chocolate making workshop – make your own chocolate bar from cocoa beans. 
19th August 2p.m. and 7p.m.
We are offering a rare opportunity to experience and make a bar of chocolate from cocoa beans. We know of no other such workshop in the UK.
You will learn about the Fair Trade journey from the cocoa beans grown by the farmers in New Koforidua in Ghana to your very own chocolate bar to take home. You will discover how chocolate is made, its origins, history and the very real impact Fair Trade has on the cocoa growing communities. There will be time to learn more about The FIG Tree Fair Trade International Centre and explore the exhibition and interactive displays on the three interrelated local heritage themes; Fair Trade Towns, the British Transatlantic slave trade and Quakers. 
Some simple refreshments will be provided. 
The workshops are on the 19th August at 2p.m. And 7p.m. Each lasts for approximately 2 ½ hours.
Workshops will only run if minimum numbers are reached. 
This workshops are has limited spaces so booking is essential. Cost £10
To book email Christine at


Free Children's Activites - 
Animals and Endangered Species - 2pm – 3.30pm Thursday 7th August
Join us in The FIG Tree for coffee and chat whilst your children join in our free activity session.

Drop in craft sessions
Monday 4th August 12p.m. to 2p.m.
Monday 18th August 1p.m. to 3p.m.
Thursday 21st August 1p.m. to 3p.m.
Monday 25th August 3p.m. to 4p.m.
Thursday 28th August 2p.m. to 3.30p.m.

Arts Week Photography exhibition 18th to 24th August 

During Garstang Festival of Arts and Music Week we are running a photography exhibition in the FIG Tree featuring work from Tom Bamber.
Photography competition – entries by 17th August
We are inviting anyone to enter our photo competition. Entries will be displayed at The FIG Tree during our exhibition and the winners will also receive a FIG Tree Bean to Bar Chocolate gift pack.
The FIG Tree recognises the importance of supporting local producers and companies as well as those across the world so the theme for the photographs must be based on Fair Trade and/or Local. 
The photographs can be brought into the café - clearly marked with your name and age if it is a youth entry (aged up to and including 17 years old). If you would prefer then you can email your entry to Christine at
All entries must be in by Sunday 17th August.

Quaker Peace Exhibition Monday 25th to Sunday 31st
We are pleased to be holding this Quaker Peace Exhibition which covers the Peace Testimony and the history of conscientious objection.

Volunteering roles at The FIG Tree.
We offer volunteering opportunities in our café and shop, school and community 
workshops and visits, our exhibitions, tourism, fundraising, marketing and events. 
No experience required as training is provided. We offer flexible opportunities 
from Monday to Sunday – it doesn’t matter how much or little time you can spare – 
we’d love to hear from you. 
 To find out about volunteer opportunities click here, call in at The FIG Tree or contact Emma, our Volunteers Coordinator at 


The future of The FIG Tree in Garstang
Despite public announcements from the Garstang Town Council Working Party stating that The FIG Tree was an “integral part” of their plans no serious dialogue has taken place either with Wyre Borough Council, who own the Council Offices presently housing The FIG Tree or with the Town Council Working Party seeking to buy it. Our chance of remaining in Garstang by either securing purchase of the premises or being allowed a reduced/waived rent while the Council bodies negotiate the future of the building, therefore no longer seems an option. We are pleased to confirm however, that positive talks with Lancaster City Council continue and The FIG Tree Board are very hopeful of securing a long term future in this historic neighbouring Fairtrade District.

There is considerable sadness felt by The FIG Tree Board and its stakeholders in having to move away from what it considers to be its true home in the world’s first Fairtrade Town. It is now time to look forward however; after all The FIG Tree’s three interrelated local heritage themes of Fair Trade Towns, the British Transatlantic slave trade and Quakers are also very much a part of Lancaster’s history.

Be a part of this small, evolving social enterprise with huge global ambitions by becoming a Member shareholder of The FIG Tree.

Download an Expression of Interest Form here: 

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.

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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
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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
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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 Tree

Steve Miller, Former Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, (World Heritage site), 2013
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