Lancaster slave trade port to Fairtrade City
25th/26th March 2017

The FIG Tree was awarded a grant of £52,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 to explore Lancaster’s role in the slave trade during the 18th century, as well as the area’s involvement in promoting fair trade. To celebrate the end of the project, an exciting weekend of events will take place on 25th/26th March 2017, commemorating 210 years since the act was passed to abolish the British Transatlantic slave trade. As part of ‘210 Abolition – Lancaster slave trade port to Fairtrade City’ several events will take place in Lancaster including a Regency Banquet and Ball at the Borough; a service, lecture and chocolate workshops at The Priory; and Quaker worship and slave trade / Fair Trade Debate at the Friends Meeting House. The abolition of the slave trade act was passed exactly 210 years earlier on 25th March 1807.

Visit our 210 Abolition page for programme and booking details 



We are running our next Bean To Bar Fair Trade Chocolate workshop at The Priory, Lancaster at 1pm – 4pm on Tuesday 19th September. Cost £25/head. Booking essential by contacting


We sold plenty of our delicious Bean to Bar chocolate at the Lancaster Mid Winter Market on Friday 16th December and in St. Nics Arcade, Lancaster from 19th – 23rd December. FIG Tree Bean to Bar chocolate is available in 5 delicious flavours; Milk, Milk & Orange, Dark, Dark & Mint and Soya and sold as 40g bars, 100g Milk with Banana and Dark with Raspberry and a variety of speciality chocolates. Each batch is hand made from bean to bar in Garstang the world’s first Fair Trade Town using fair trade ingredients where possible and beans purchased directly from the farmer in New Koforidua, Ghana – the first Fair Trade Town in Africa.

Thanks to everyone who visited us over the Christmas period and thanks go to LESS and St. Nics for enabling us to sell our Bean to Bar chocolate. And remember our Bean to Bar 40g bars are available to buy at Single Step Wholefoods, off Penny St, Lancaster all year round.

We are grateful to LESS and St. Nics for enabling us to sell our Bean to Bar chocolate over the Christmas period.

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