The FIG Tree Fair Trade and slave trade Exhibition
Visit The FIG Tree to learn about the internationally renowned ‘Garstang Story‘ that encompasses the historical legacy of:
-How nearby Garstang became the world’s first Fair Trade Town and the growth of the international Fair Trade Towns movement that led to over 1,700 Fair Trade Towns in more than 25 countries. For more information visit Garstang Fairtrade
-Chocolate, especially through Garstang’s link with the cocoa farming community in Africa’s first Fair Trade Town of New Koforidua in Ghana.
-The Atlantic slave trade and its abolition; Lancaster was Britain’s fourth largest slave trade port.
Along with our friends in New Koforidua and Media PA, the first Fair Trade Town in America, Garstang forms a part of the modern day Fair Trade Triangle, which lies on the same three points as the infamous slave trade triangle of the past.
“It is simply immoral that people should be allowed to suffer in order to provide us with luxuries such as tea, coffee and sugar at a cheap price.”
Slave trade abolitionists circa 1790
Quaker heritage; Garstang is located in ‘1652 country’ where Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) were founded by George Fox in 1652. For more information visit lancsquakers