Additional Visit to World's First Fair Trade Town

FTIS 2012 also offered the opportunity for delegates to visit Garstang in Lancashire, UK, the site of a civil society movement which become recognised as the world's first Fair Trade Town. It was this movement which was subsequently endorsed by the UK's Fairtrade Foundation, and it is this model which became the basis of the international Fair Trade Town movement consisting of over 1,000 Fair Trade Towns in 23 countries across all six major continents.

In order to compound their involvement, the community in Garstang developed The FIG Tree International Fair Trade visitor centre which focuses on fair trade and trade injustice by exploring the four themes; Fair Trade, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Quaker Heritage in '1652 Country' and Chocolate. More information is available at their website:

Bruce Crowther, the driving force behind this initiative (and of whom you may well have heard as a key member of the UK's fair trade movement), invited those visiting the Fair Trade International Symposium to visit the centre on Thursday 5th of April. He provided the opportunity to look around the centre and hear a talk on the issues embedded in the centre.