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In the recession of the early
1980s, the environment and social cohesion of many parts of the
country was under threat. The collapse of traditional industries
with associated environmental degradation and conflict within
communities called for a new response.
Groundwork was born out of a competition for
local authorities won by St Helens. ‘Operation
Groundwork’ was described by the then Environment
Secretary Michael Heseltine as ‘an entrepreneurial team, which
could act independently as an enabler to mobilise all the resources
in the community - public, private and voluntary’.
The first Groundwork Trust was so successful
that areas around the country applied to duplicate the
Over the following decades, we expanded
geographically and also our work became more diverse as each Trust
responded to local circumstances and innovated.
We’re now a federation of charities with a
membership based on a mixture of local Trusts and regional
organisations, with Groundwork UK acting as a national voice and
co-ordinator. From small beginnings in St Helens, we now work
across English regions, Wales and Northern Ireland.