The values of civic pride and sense of place remain important in shaping and maintaining vibrant communities and liveable places. The Civic Trust supports a network of over 50 civic societies, all voluntary groups, across the country in their work with heritage, planning, development and regeneration. For the last year three years the Trust has been involved in urban characterisation where we have produced a manual and toolkit to support voluntary sector engagement in characterisation.
If we are to plan and build better communities, and to make the streets of towns and cities more liveable, it is important to understand the factors that contribute - negatively as well as positively - to urban character. At The Civic Trust of Wales we believe it's important to look at the town as a whole, not just the historic areas which are often protected.
Anna Lermon, Project Officer, The Civic Trust for Wales