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

FIG Tree News

The future of The FIG Tree

Reluctantly The FIG Tree Directors have had to make the decision to relocate The FIG Tree once our lease terminates in November.Two Lancaster sites are under consideration; The Church of St. John the Evangelist on North Street and the Lancaster City Museum. The Church of St. John the Evangelist is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust and preliminary talks are taking place to consider this as an option.The City Museum would involve discussions with both Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council.
Last day of trading in the current building will be on Monday 10th November and we hope that The FIG Tree will reopen at its new location in late Spring/Summer 2015. Our intention is to continue to hold our unique chocolate workshops, international package tours and school visits during the interim period between Garstang and Lancaster. Watch this space and contact us to make a booking.

September at The FIG Tree

Chocolate making workshop
– make your own chocolate bar from cocoa beans. 
16th September 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 workshop is on the 16th September 7p.m.lasting approximately 3 hours.
Workshops will only run if minimum numbers are reached. 
This workshops are has limited spaces so booking is essential. Cost £17.50
To book email Christine at


Stakeholder Assembly 
Customers, volunteers, directors, staff and supporters are invited to our annual Stakeholder Assembly to be held on the 28th September 7p.m. to 9p.m.
Booking is essential  -  
The event will 
Provide the opportunity and enable all stakeholders to understand and share in The FIG Tree objectives.
Provide the opportunity for Directors to listen to the stakeholders, in particular as The FIG Tree begins planning for its move to a new location
Most importantly, we would like to come together to celebrate the many successes of The FIG Tree with the staff, volunteers and Directors that made it happen over the past 3 years. 


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 

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