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

FIG Tree News

July at The FIG Tree
Puppet Workshops 
Some children joined us for storytelling, fun activities and a puppet show about an adventurous frog that goes in search of a back pack in Nepal and discovers more than he anticipated, learning about fairness and fair trade along the way. Brought to us by Fair Connections, this was enjoyed by children, school teachers and fun loving adults alike.

Free Children's Activity - 
Fair Trade Fruit and Chocolate - 2pm – 3.30pm Thursday 31st July
Join us in The FIG Tree for coffee and chat whilst your children join in our free activity session. The activity on the theme of Fair Trade fruit and chocolate will involve art and craft activities and stories. All welcome.
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 
School Visits to The FIG Tree
We run many school visits and workshops at The FIG Tree and one of our most recent was Bilsborrow John Cross CE Primary
During their one day workshop they took part in
  • An audience with the Chief, Nana Kwadwo Osafo 1st, Nkosohene of New Koforidua.
  • Bean to bar chocolate making using cocoa from New Koforidua. - The children made a chocolate bar using their own beans they have roasted and de-husked.
  • Designing and Making a chocolate wrapper using a selection of various materials.
  • "Yours and Mine" Activity to increase inter-cultural understanding and values.
  • Interactive Quiz 

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

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
Funded with the help of: UnLtd European Regional Development Fund The Key Fund Heritage Lottery Funding santader logo community foundation logo