Tributes to Trevor Hart, Former Chairman of the York Natural Environment Trust


TRIBUTES were paid to one of York’s key environmental figures who died at the age of 71.

Trevor John Hart, former chairman of the York Natural Environment Trust and influential in various environmental campaigns, died on November 7.

Among his accomplishments as president was the establishment of St Nicholas Fields Nature Reserve in the early 1990s.

His family said he would be sadly missed by those who knew him, his son Liam saying, “He was interested in people, a outgoing and engaging man who was happy to help others and give advice. One of his students described him as being like a wise grandfather in this regard.

“He had a keen interest in the built and natural environment, which was reflected throughout his career and his volunteer work.”

Mr Hart’s friend Gordon Campbell-Thomas, former President of the Friends of St Nicholas Fields, added: “Trevor influenced people with his charm, his cheerful demeanor and his ability to get things done. He will be missed. a lot.”

Born in Ipswich on July 19, 1946, Mr. Hart attended Ipswich Grammar School before studying economics at Lancaster University from 1964 to 1967.

His father, Wilfred Hart, was born in Fishergate in York at the turn of the 20th century, and his uncle, Fred A. Hart has his name on the York City War Memorial at Leeman Road.

During his life, Mr. Hart worked for Runcorn Development Corporation, as well as Somerset Local Government, involved in town planning, economic development and tourism. He has been a consultant for Binder Hamyln and Spicers for Europe, and Senior Lecturer in Urban and Rural Planning at Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Dundee and University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

He lived in York from 1987 to 1998, during which time he was also president of the York Housing Association.

He spent the last 20 years of his life in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, where he was an active member of the Saltaire History Club and actively involved in the Steering Group to create Saltaire Stories – a website resource for groups / schools seeking and studying Saltaire.

Lay person on individual funding request panels (for treatments that are not routinely funded by the NHS) for Bradford Primary Care Trust

Most recently, Mr Hart was a visiting scholar at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Newcastle. He had a number of years of experience in the practice of planning and economic development. He has also worked as a consultant, mainly involved in the evaluation of government and EU regeneration programs. He recently produced, with colleagues at the university, an update of the classic Town & Country Planning of Cullingworth, UK.

He had several years of experience in planning and economic development in rural areas and recently participated in a number of evaluation studies focusing on the impact of corporate policy in disadvantaged communities, recruitment graduates in small businesses and the impact of social enterprise.

He recently edited and updated “Town and Country Planning in the UK”, an important textbook for all planning students.

He is also co-author of 2015 Market Towns and co-author of 2017 “Planning for Small Town Change” with Neil Powe.

He is survived by his partner and three children, Toby, Liam and Dominic, and three grandchildren.


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