reindenplaque in-situA warm welcome from the Trustees



Proud home of the 'Archive of the Year' 2013 and 'Most Impactful' Archive 2011


 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.

  • The Barns Accommodation and Conference Centre:  a peaceful and stimulating venue, with on-site conference facilities and residential accommodation, making it ideal for small conferences, group retreats, training courses and workshops.
  • The Archive and Study Centre: holds a unique and growing variety of archive, library and oral history materials relevant to the field of therapeutic care, and offers support and welcome to students, community members, practitioners, and researchers across a wide range of interests and disciplines.