The Trust prides itself on its positive work with the local community.
Back in 1980, the closure of the Steel Works had a disastrous effect on the community of Consett and its surrounding areas.
Over 3,500 people lost their jobs and the unemployment rate in the area increased to over 35%.
Derwentside district council fought to ensure that the site would be used to benefit the community and be regenerated in such a way, that the land would be developed to create jobs, better housing and places for people to enjoy. Durham County Council has now taken on this role with the Trust.
The Trust, working with the community and the council, has carried out work to improve the environment and create recreational spaces for people to enjoy. Fawcett Park opened in 2014 and improvements to the footpath network are ongoing.
The creation of these places for people to play and enjoy has resulted from the investment of over £3,000,000 by the Trust along with in excess of £75, 000 donated to local charities and community groups.
The Trust is continuously working with local community organisations to ensure that any regeneration work on the site considers the views and aspirations of local people.