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Scottish Civic Trust

Scottish Civic Trust was set up in 1967, to help people connect to their built heritage and take a leading role in guiding its development. In its infancy, it successfully campaigned for the restoration of Edinburgh’s New Town, was instrumental in the revitalisation of New Lanark and can also claim credit for bringing Doors Open Days to the United Kingdom.

Through supporting amenity groups, the Trust’s original objectives were:

  • Well-informed public concern for the environment of town and country
  • High quality in planning and in new architecture
  • The conservation and, where necessary, adaptation for re-use of older buildings of distinction or historic interest
  • Knowledgeable and therefore effective comment in planning matters
  • The elimination of ugliness, whether resulting from social deprivation, bad design or neglect