City & Country is involved with a number of charitable schemes based locally to each of the developments.
SOS Africa, a charity based in Somerset, approached City & Country with a request to use Shepton Mallet Prison for a special fundraising event that would see members of the local community spending 24 hours behind bars to raise money for the charity. Impressed by the charity’s fantastic work to date, City & Country agreed the use of the prison, opening up the site and providing staff to access the building. The event was held with great success, raising over £35,000.
Royal Association of the Deaf
City & Country was the title sponsor of the Royal Association of the Deaf’s 175th Awards gala ceremony in London. The event celebrated some of the deaf community’s most honourable figures.
Essex County Council Traditional Building Skills Bursary
City & Country part-funds Essex County Council’s Traditional Building Skills courses, which teach builders and homeowners how to restore historic and listed properties. These teach vital skills such as timber framing, flint walling, thatching and wrought ironwork to ensure that these skills are not forgotten. City & Country has supported the Council run programme since 2008, and with skills and knowledge gaps affecting the heritage sector the company continues to provide the bursary.
Essex Wildlife Trust
City & Country is a long-time supporter of the Essex Wildlife Trust. The trust is the county’s leading conservation charity. It has more than 34,000 members, manages and protects over 8,200 acres of land on 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and runs 10 visitor centres. The aim of the Trust is to Protect Wildlife for the Future and for the people of Essex.
Edinburgh Doors Open Day
Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event. It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Scotland. City & Country has been part of the event for several years – granting access to The Playfair at Donaldson’s, giving visitors a privileged chance to see inside the historic building.