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The Planned Environment Therapy Trust wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust has been awarded £72,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, 'PETT: The next 50 years in Toddington'. The Trust has recently marked 50 years of promoting and supporting planned environment therapy, and the awarding of this project funding supports ambitious plans to strengthen and grow their work into the future.

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust has been supporting therapeutic communities since 1966 and in 1989 developed the Archive and Study Centre which now houses unique and fascinating archives from various residential communities and individuals involved in this sector. Without the continued efforts and activities of the Trust, the heritage of many traumatised and troubled children and adults and the communities that supported them is at risk of being rendered invisible.

The project will include a variety of activities including establishing local community partnerships with individuals and likeminded organisations who are committed to supporting vulnerable children and young people; developing a living heritage garden; and enhancing access to the important archives protected by the Trust. There will be many opportunities for volunteers to participate in the project, for example to design, develop and promote a living heritage garden within the beautiful surroundings of Toddington.

Commenting on the award, PETT's Executive Director Richard Rollinson said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund once again, and are confident the project will support the strengthening of our charity and increase the involvement of a wide range of volunteers in our activities.”

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “With an archive stretching back to the 18th century and five decades of work in Toddington, we’re pleased to support The Planned Environment Therapy Trust as it embarks on exploring its heritage, strengthening its volunteer base and building a strong future for its next 50 years of supporting vulnerable children and young people.”




About The Planned Environment Therapy Trust

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust promotes and supports therapeutic approaches to the treatment of children and adults who have suffered emotional and psychological hurts. Founded in 1966, the Trust reaches out from our base, the Barns Centre in Gloucestershire, to understand, support, develop and promote planned environment therapy and the therapeutic community approach to working and living; and to preserve the history and heritage of this work and approach both for its own sake, and as a tool for learning.

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust is an active and engaged charity, offering consultancy, training and events, and an extending collection of archives, oral histories and a rich research library in a friendly learning environment.  The Trust is a hub for exchange and discussion, actively reaching out to and working with a range of individuals, organisations and communities concerned and involved with education and therapeutic environments.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Richard Rollinson at The Planned Environment Therapy Trust on 07796 678375 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.