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Fig Tree Centre ‘forced’ to leave

Director of The Fig Tree in Garstang, Bruce Crowther with the certificate marking Garstang as the first Fair Trade town.

Director of The Fig Tree in Garstang, Bruce Crowther with the certificate marking Garstang as the first Fair Trade town.

Garstang’s pioneering Fig Tree Fair Trade Centre is set to leave town and could re-open in Lancaster.

Exasperated centre director Bruce Crowther said this week that after being ‘ignored’ by Wyre Council and a town council working party it was time to go.

He believes his very public expression of interest in the Fig Tree buying all or part of the community centre on High Street – which houses the Fairtrade venue, businesses, a dance school and the town council - has been snubbed and that there was no alternative but to move.

He said: “Positive talks with Lancaster City Council continue and the FIG Tree board is very hopeful of securing a long term future in this historic neighbouring Fairtrade district. There is considerable sadness felt by the FIG Tree board and its stakeholders in having to move away from what it considers to be its true home in the world’s first Fairtrade town. It is now time to look forward.”

 

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