Civic societies are community-based and
volunteer-led groups who promote civic pride in their local
Civic societies represent a particularly valuable resource in
the shaping of Scotland's communities and places.
One of Scotland's most important resources is its environment,
old and new, natural and cultural. An informed and active civic
group can influence the way in which this resource is managed, to
the benefit of future generations to come.
So, how do they do it?
Almost 90% of civic groups comment on planning applications and
over 90% comment on local planning policy. Many also organise
lectures and social events, and run awards schemes. Other
activities include improvements to the local area, work with
schools and local businesses, with about 10% being involved in
actually repairing historic buildings.
Building a Movement
The Scottish Civic Trust acts as an umbrella body for local
civic societies and local environment groups spanning the length
and breadth of Scotland.
The Scottish Civic Trust welcomes requests for affiliation from
all civic groups and societies in Scotland that share our core
objectives and there are currently 108 civic groups affiliated to
It is clear that many civic groups value being part of a bigger
movement. SCT held its first annual conference for local groups
since the 1970s in 2010, and we continue to develop the conference
as an opportunity for the network to come together and share ideas
and experience. You can see reports and papers from our previous
conferences in the Resources section.