Land Trust Annual Review 2021: Charitable Delivery - Economy

23rd February 2022

Along with employing local managing partners and suppliers our sites add significant value to local communities, encouraging positive investment within the area.

Our effective green space management protects, and often increases, the value of properties around our sites, creates jobs and allows local businesses and tourism to thrive.

We deliver this economic value across four key areas:

  • Land management and use
  • Supply chain expenditure
  • Tourism
  • Workforce development

The various periods of lockdown to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic had an effect on many businesses that either run on our sites or are in the surrounding areas. However we have done everything we can to try and support the people that we work with to help them get back on their feet and many small businesses are now thriving in partnership with the Land Trust.

Site delivering best economic activity

The winner of the Land Trust site delivering best economic activity was one of our service charge sites, St Michael’s Hurst.

The Land Trust works with Nurture and Greenscapes to manage the green space within Bat Willow Hurst Country Park ensuring that the community within St Michael’s Hurst has a beautiful space on their doorstep to use for their physical and mental wellbeing.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Countryside were able to complete 48 homes while a new school has also been built in the area. The area is thriving and will only continue to grow in the next few years.

Case Study – Barista bus at Twywell

A fantastic example of a thriving business on one of our sites is the Barista bus at Twywell Hills and Dales. Run by Nicola, her selection of hot drinks, delicious cakes and treats has proven hugely popular with the community at Twywell. She has recently been able to upgrade her bus with much more room to provide food and drink and also give her space to work inside – ideal for the cold winter months!

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