Bruce Crowther: the Fig Tree is to become a co-operative

In January this year news from Bruce Crowther, a Garstang Friend, was posted. His project, located in St. John’s Church, Lancaster, was flooded but the FIG Tree continued to work for fair trade and the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster (below) allowed the use of their premises for meetings and workshops free of charge.

Some university visits were made and eight workshops were held there or in schools, completing the Heritage Lottery Fund project with the National Citizen Service.

The FIG Tree is now to become a co-operative and build up a membership, attracting valuable investment and ensuring long term sustainability. The directors have been joined by a team of founder members who will guide the FIG Tree through the initial stages until a General Meeting can be called, when future directors will be elected by the new membership.

Once established as a CBS a Community Share Offer will be launched in order to raise the funds required to enable the FIG Tree to secure its own premises in central Lancaster.

If you are interested in becoming a Founder Member please contact Bruce Crowther, FIG Tree Director and founder, on

Lancaster University Wind Turbine Community Benefits Fund gave an award that will help to increase production FIG Tree chocolate, currently produced in 2kg batches in a domestic kitchen in Garstang – the world’s first Fair Trade Town.

FIG Tree Bean to Bar Chocolate is now available on-line at and at several places including Lancaster Priory, Single Step Wholefood Cooperative, Old Holly Farm, Cabus Nook Ln, Garstang.

Made at one of the ‘master classes’

For six weeks from 16th October to 24th November The FIG Tree Fair Trade / slave trade exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund will be on display at Halton Mill.

Well worth visiting, the mill is owned by Lancaster Cohousing, a new development of Passivhaus eco homes next door to the Mill.

Bruce Crowther (left) gave a talk ‘Lancaster slave trade port to Fairtrade City’ at 2pm on 18th October.

 All the FIG Tree events at Halton Mill are free of charge.




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