The Civic Trust

The Civic Trust was founded in 1957 by Duncan Sandys, a British politician, and the former son-in-law of Sir Winston Churchill. It campaigned to make better places for people to live. It ran until 2009 before going into administration due to a shortage of funding.

Civic Trust Programmes

The Civic Trust's programmes were passed onto various other organisations, and the main ones can be seen in the list below:

Civic Trust Awards was founded in 1959 and is still going strong today. It's one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe.

Heritage Open Days is coordinated nationally by the The National Trust.

Civic Voice is a national charity that has taken over the cause for the civic movement of England. It aims to make places more attractive, enjoyable, distinctive, and promotes civic pride. It is the umbrella organisation for hundreds of Civic Societies and other member organisations.

Community Spaces is now managed by Groundwork UK.

The Green Flag Award scheme is still owned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, but is now managed by Keep Britain Tidy.

BizFizz is now owned and managed by the New Economics Foundation.

The Purple Flag Award is now owned and managed by the Association of Town Centre Managers.


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