Founded in 1962 as Southgate Civic Trust, in response to the threat to demolish the Georgian cottages on Southgate Green and dissatisfaction with official planning procedures.  This fight contributed to the creation of Southgate Green conservation area.

In 1993 the Trust’s name was changed to Southgate District Civic Trust, in order to reflect the wider area of its interest.  This area is loosely based on the old Southgate Municipal Borough, abolished in 1965, when the London Borough of Enfield was created.

The areas we cover are:


Hadley Wood

New Southgate


Palmers Green


Winchmore Hill

After the creation of Southgate Green conservation area, Southgate District Civic Trust was involved in the creation of the later conservation areas, such as Winchmore Hill, Vicars Moor Lane and Highlands Hospital.

Southgate District Civic Trust works with other local societies and residents’ associations, as well as Enfield Council, local and national authorities, central government and MPs on local planning, environmental and social issues.

We have representatives on the Conservation Advisory Group, Green Belt Forum, Friends of the Parks, Area Forums and other local groups.

Southgate District Civic Trust is registered with Civic Voice (www.civicvoice.org.uk) the national charity for the civic movement in England.