Major organisations join Land Trust

Several organisations and trustees have become members of the newly re-launched Land Trust.

BTCV, the National Trust, The Princes Foundation for the Built Environment, the Town and Country Planning Association, The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trusts have joined the Homes and Communities Agency and Groundwork to help govern the group.

The Land Trust – formerly the Land Restoration Trust – was formed as a subsidiary of the HCA in 2004 as part of the Sustainable Communities Action Plan.

The move follows Treasury approval for the Trust to become a charity in the independent sector.

Former PricewaterhouseCoopers senior partner and current Savills PLC chairman Peter Smith was appointed chairman of the Trust earlier this year.

He will now be joined on the board by trustees Nick Baldwin, Robin Caven, Jane Garrett, Professor John Handley, Simon MacGillivray, Christina McComb, Walter Menzies, Jeff Moore, Rob Morley and Dinah Nichols.                  

Smith said:  "Vitally the new board and its members will provide the Land Trust with leadership at the highest level, strengthening its strategic vision and direction.

"The appointment of our new members reflects both the Trust’s charitable objectives and also our determination to become a cost effective solution for all public open spaces and green infrastructure rather than just derelict sites.  Whilst neglected sites are still a key area for us, the Trust’s remit now encompasses a much broader range of open spaces.  

"In addition, my new Trustees to the Board have a proven drive and determination as well as a wealth of expertise. They will be an invaluable resource for the executive team as we strive to become the leaders in the sustainable management of open space across the country. I am delighted that the Trust was able to attract such a high calibre team."

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