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

FIG Tree News


The FIG Tree welcomes our patron and renowned author 

Joanne Harris 

who will be here signing her new book 

The Little Book Of Chocolat 

on 27th April 11.30 to 12pm. 

If you can't make it to the signing reserve your book now at these special prices and we will ask Joanne to sign it for you. 

Email me at marketing@fairtradecentre.org or ask in The FIG Tree where the books are currently on display

 The Little Book of Chocolat at  £10 (RRP £12.99)

The Gospel of Loki at £12 (RRP £14.99)

More Special deals will be available at the Signing.



Joanne Harris will be speaking about her 

Chocolat trilogy, 

The Little Book of Chocolat,

and her writing life at an exclusive event for The FIG Tree at The Crofters Hotel,

 Cabus, Garstang 2pm on 27th April.

Tickets £10 (children under 15: £5) including Chocolate Fountain with Marshmallow and Strawberry Dips. 

Chocolate shop and Book shop open. 

Tickets available from The FIG Tree, The Crofters and Esme, Galgate Mill.  




Volunteering at The FIG Tree

There are a whole variety of opportunities to get involved so go on..Be part of Something Special


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 1,400 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.

Garstang also forms a part of the Fair Trade Triangle with the cocoa farming community and Africa's first Fair Trade Town of New Koforidua in Ghana and Media, Pennsylvania, the first Fair Trade Town on the American continents. The modern day Fair Trade Triangle replaces the three corners of the infamous slave trade triangle of the past.

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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

To celebrate Garstang's international success the FIG Tree Centre provides;

A Fair Trade Exhibition

In the world's first heritage and visitor centre that focuses exclusively 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 Café and Shop

The café uses exclusively local and fair trade ingredients in all products where possible and provides a community hub for both residents and visitors to Garstang using our triangular link with New Koforidua, and Media, PA. The gift shop sells fair trade items and musical instruments from Ghana including custom made Djembi drums to order.

Chocolate Making Events

An educational outreach and learning centre for all ages: including our innovative and unique interactive chocolate making events using cocoa from New Koforidua and live video links.

Fair Trade Way

Fairtrade refreshments, souvenirs and information for ramblers at the start of the Fair Trade Way; the world's first long-distance fair trade heritage trail that links Fairtrade Towns between Garstang and Keswick.

The FIG Tree also offers:

  • Chocolate Safaris for corporate, campaign or social groups of between 15 and 20 people.
  • Package Tours to Garstang, the world's first Fair Trade Town.
  • Children's Parties with the central focus on chocolate.
  • Advice, support and information on the International Fair Trade Towns movement.
  • Volunteering opportunities or 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.

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