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The FIG Tree
Ranked #10 of 13 things to do in Garstang
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Owner description: 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 1,000 Fair Trade Towns in 23 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.
Reviewed 1 July 2013

This is a reasonably priced cafe, with discovery/meeting room upstairs. Although I've only been to the cafe. It is well situated, close to the car park, with a short walk to the river , which also is an enticing part of the visit.
The Fig Tree Cafe is well presented and accessible for all.

Thank Irene G
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

This cafe is run by volunteers and is an exhibit of the history of fair trade in Garstang. As an exhibit it gets an interesting 4.
As a cafe it struggles to get 2. The environment is one of a library or a function centre rather than somewhere to relax and have some refreshment. The product is ok, nothing exceptional.
If I hadn't noticed that it was run by volunteers I would have walked out before being served. It took 15 minutes to get served, with one server walking past the counter clearing pots 3 times without as much as a hello or a "I'll be with you shortly". The other server was head down in a coffee machine and likewise didn't acknowledge me standing there as he took drinks to another table.
Volunteers maybe but a bit of courtesy wouldn't go amiss!
I honestly wouldn't go back. There are a couple of cafes a short walk into the town where the service and product is miles better and the worthy exhibits don't excuse impoliteness.

Thank Tinsley_S_D
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

Starting at the car park at the top of the High Street in Garstang behind the FIG Tree cafe. The walk takes you out of the back of the car park, past the sports fields, along the riverside millennium green park until you come to a lane. Turn R and cross the footbridge. Turn L and follow the river. The path leaves the river when it swings off to the left, the path continuing across fields along a tributary towards Woodacre Hall (signposted) and a bridge over the railway and then the motorway. Keep straight on the track in front with the woods on your left until you reach a lane. Turn left for .25mile and just past a farm house & barn conversions, as the road begins to climb, take the bridleway on the R. Continue down the Grize Dale valley entering woodland and passing a reservoir to reach open moorland. Turn left and climb up past a chimney and over a stile to the trig point on Nicky Nook (can be wet underfoot, boots recommended). Continue forwards but soon take a right fork to walk above the tarn (keeping L of tarn) to gap at end of stone wall. Turn L and follow path down to lane (take care can be muddy). Take the lane directly in front of you down into Scorton village. Turn L at T-junction past Toilets and take the next left, Tithe Barn Lane. After curving to the R and a sharp L bend, take a well signed path on the R across fields towards the corner of woodland. Continue in a straight line to skirt the wood before crossing a footbridge into the wood and turning L. Eventually the path drops diagonally R down to a gate & a stile into an open field. Head diagonally R, towards the motorway and a gap in a fence which takes you into gorse were you'll find a hidden footbridge. Returning you to the bridges over the motorway and railway that you crossed earlier. Retrace earlier route: across fields alongside stream, then alongside river as it curves L to the footbridge. Turn right across river into lane. Turn into millennium green park and follow river back to car park and an incredible hot chocolate made with real chocolate or a fairtrade coffee and a well deserved piece of home made cake. 8.5miles, 700ft ascent. Take some food and a drink and some waterproofs and allow about 5 hrs walking plus extra time back in the FIG tree. Oh, and did I mention the oh so well named bars of Devine chocolate?

3  Thank trubster
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

What a wonderful place - Fairtrade, clean, fully accessible, great coffee, good food, fair price, nice view, gluten-free options, crafts to buy - AND a place to play - whatever your age! Nothing negative to say about it at all..

1  Thank Ducklet2
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

The FIG Tree is celebrating its first birthday and provides a wonderful experience for those of an ethical inclination or those just wanting a fine cup of coffee and slab of locally made cake in Garstang - The worlds first of over 1200 Fairtrade Towns.

But the cafe is merely there to support the main business of Fair Trade Visitor centre where you can learn all about the fascinating history of this uique venue. Hoping to be a museum one day the FIG Tree is well on its way!

One if the men behind the venture is the inspirational Bruce Crowther - Godfather if the Fairtrade Towns movement and reason enough to pay a visit to hear stories of trials and tribulations from slavery and the Quakers right through to the birth of the FIG Tree and the Community Interest Company behind it.

And a great venue for school visits. With Fairtrade within the schools curriculum now, what better way than participating in a chocolate makimng workshop using cocoa beans especially imported from Ghana.

I highly recommend a visit to the website to find out more!!!!!

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