The Community Environmental Trust, initially called the Castle Vale Community Environmental Trust, started life during the regeneration process of Castle Vale and was detailed with the task of ensuring that the regeneration took into account the environment at all stages of the process.
The Trust was instrumental in the development of the Castle Vale Conservation Area, the establishment of the Castle Vale Community Gardens and the development of Birmingham’s first new park (at the time) in 50 years.
By 2005 the redevelopment process was drawing to a close and the Trust needed to realign itself in order to continue to benefit the community.
Since then the Trust has focused on the development of projects that not only benefit Castle Vale, but can be run in other areas of the City. The Trust was one of the first organisations to deliver Forest Schools; it has supported all four schools within Castle Vale in the EcoSchools project, the Trust was also instrumental in the Centre Park receiving Green Flag status, additionally the Trust launched the Confidence Through Conservation project which has helped local young unemployed to develop work place skills.
The Trust is now an integral part of the environmental movement in Birmingham, having partnerships with many groups such as Birmingham Trees For Life, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum, Friends of Farnborough Fields, Tame Valley Wetlands, Birmingham and District Allotments Council, Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, Neighbourhood Partnership Board, Tennants and Residents Alliance, The Pioneer Group, Compass Support, Castle Vale Leisure Gardens Association, Castle Vale Stables and Birmingham City Council Park's Department.