The FIG Tree relocated to St John’s Church, North Road from its original home in Garstang - the world’s first Fair Trade Town in November 2014. They run school workshops and visits, have a café and shop hold community events, heritage and tourism activities along with consultancy to support the International Fair Trade Towns movement.
The FIG Tree uses The four themes of Fair Trade Towns, the British Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, Quakers and cocoa/chocolate in its educational and public engagement activities to raise awareness of present day trade injustices and poverty.
Their new base is now in St John's, a Georgian church, built in 1754 which is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. They have long term plans to invest in the building to bring it back to its former glory.
They have recently received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘The FIG Tree relocating to St John’s Lancaster’. The project will focus on Lancaster’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade during the 18th century with two aspects – the history of St John’s Church, built at the height of the city’s prosperity during the slave trade, and the involvement of Dodshon Foster, a wealthy Quaker slave trader living and working in Lancaster during this period. With this funding they are looking to recruit volunteers from the local community to get involved in activities such as heritage workshops for school children, public exhibitions, interactive displays and public talks.
Volunteers recruited to the project will have the opportunity to develop accredited skills by designing and developing these activities, informed by their own research at national and local archives.
If you are interested in volunteering please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in when they are open
Opening Times for exhibition and Café
Friday and Saturday 10 to 5 Thursday 1.30 to 5
As they grow they intend opening on additional days and offering free Wi-Fi.
Where? Temporarily Closed After the Floods
What do they sell?
Fair trade information centre with cafe and shop.
As a card holder you will get:
10% off in the shop and cafe. Not in conjunction with any other offers.