The City Enhancement Programme and Fund are tasked to preserve, restore, enhance, enrich and sustain the public realm – the streets and open space – of the city of York. It invests in projects that are suggested either by the Trust’s members or other members of the public. Reports on our completed projects can be viewed below.
Projects are overseen by our volunteer Project Managers who, although unpaid, are highly professional. They enlist partners and funders, and supervise the design and implementation of each project. You can support City Enhancement by either purchasing Ron Cooke’s book Changing the Face of the City, proceeds of which go to the Programme and can be found in our online shop, or by donating directly to the City Enhancement project.
York Civic Trust welcomes all donations to continue the Programme’s work. If you would like to discuss a possible donation for a specific project, or the wider programme, please contact David Fraser .
Completed Projects 2018
St Helen’s Churchyard Davygate – July 2018
Queen Victoria Statue, Holgate restoration – June 2016
Fossgate Banner – Spring 2018
Station Road Compass – Completed April 2018
Drinking Fountain, Acomb Green-Completed April 2018
Cigarette Bins – Completed March 2018
Completed Projects 2017
St Helen’s Square Benches & Lanterns – Completed December 2017
City Centre Street Name Signs – Completed August 2017
Coat of Arms, Beckett’s Bank & Georgian Door, Coney St – Completed June 2017
King’s Staith Railings Restoration – Completed May 2017
Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School Gates – Unveiled May 2017
Lawrence Street Water Trough – Completed April 2017
St Margaret’s Church (National Centre for Early Music) Gates – Completed April 2017
The Rigg Monument Restoration – Dedicated by the Archbishop of York, March 2017
John Snow Memorial, North Street Gardens – Unveiled March 2017
All Saints Pavement ‘Pocket Park’ – Opened May 2016
Plaques marking important places and people are an important part of the City Enhancement Programme. We have a very active programme led by our committee of historians – see Civic Trust Plaques