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Our History

Groundwork emerged from a 1970’s experiment by the Countryside Commission as a new approach to regenerating and managing neglected and derelict land in the urban fringe. 

Groundwork’s first North East Trust was set up in 1985 to meet the needs of communities suffering as a result of the pit closures in East Durham. Over the next twenty years other Trusts were established in West Durham, South Tyneside, Middlesbrough and then Northumberland. In 2009 following a merger Groundwork North East was created bringing together the delivery of over 350 projects per year that continue to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects and potential, and the places where they live, work and play.  

In October 2010 Cumbria officially became part our operational area making us Groundwork NE & Cumbria. To find out more about what we do, have a look around our website to see the sort of services we offer and how we could work with you or your organisation.

2015 marked the 30th year that Groundwork has been inspiring change and supporting communities in the North East & Cumbria. To mark our special year, we commissioned a celebratory video which touches on how the organisation has impacted a variety of different people in different ways across the North East.