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Celebrating the CLT movement

The CLT Awards are our annual awards that celebrate the amazing things happening in CLTs across England and Wales, as well as the leaders that drive this change.

Winners Announced

Our 5th annual CLT Awards took place on Saturday 25th November 2023. The 2024 CLT Awards will be open for nominations in Autumn 2024.

CLT Awards Categories

Take a look at our 5 CLT Awards Categories – including a brand new category for 2023 – Lead Goose!

Reads: All About the Community: This award celebrates how CLTs involve, engage with, and are deeply rooted in their community.</p>
<p>People power is at the heart of the CLT movement and a CLT that is deeply rooted in their local community is a CLT worth recognising for their efforts. Nominate a hero CLT today!
Reads: Beautiful Community Homes When communities are in charge of designing and building homes the likelihood of homes being just right for that place grows immensely.</p>
<p>Which beautifully built housing that has been completed in the past 3 years would you like to recognise for fitting in with and adding to the local character?
Reads Can't Stop, Won't Stop This award recognises an individual whose passion is a driving force for their community land trust.</p>
<p>Maybe they are an unsung hero, who goes the extra mile behind the scenes. Or maybe they are someone putting themselves out there, rallying everyone with their infectious for real change. Whoever they are, show them your appreciation.
This award is for an individual or organisation who has contributed to the CLT sector this year. </p>
<p>Maybe they have gone out of their way to campaign for better policies, support and advise others, or they've generously shared their lessons learned in a webinar. Whatever they've done, they embody the spirit of mutual support - nominate an individual - from a CLT, Hub or beyond - or a organisation for this award.
Reads: What a Wonderful World This award celebrates a CLT that recognises the importance of sustainability especially at a time of such drastic climate breakdown. Have you been impressed by a group or scheme’s that is taking real action for the planet with their eco conscious measures? Nominate a green CLT hero making a change for the environment today!

Winners from 2023

Expand each category below to learn about last year’s categories and the winners! 

In 2023 we also awarded a longtime achievement award to Alan Fox, for his unparalleled contribution to the CLT movement. Alan has been championing CLTs since before the CLT Network was even created! Alan was formative in developing the Community Land Trust model to deliver affordable homes available in perpetuity restricted to local need – a model now adopted and used across the UK.

All about community - Hastings Commons CLT

The All About The Community award celebrates how CLTs involve, engage with, and are deeply rooted in their community. People power is at the heart of the CLT movement and the CLTs that were nominated this year are no exception!

The overall aim for this year’s winning CLT is to build social wealth by providing stable, affordable spaces and homes, preserve the community’s built and cultural heritage, foster connections with other communities, and encourage creativity and the exchange of ideas. Their tagline is regeneration without gentrification.

We were impressed by their efforts this year with varied communications and exciting events, including their “Commoner’s Rock” event, which invited members, tenants and associates to celebrate their progress, explore their building and connect together over films, food and showcases. These efforts have created a big increase in membership from all parts of the community. 

And the winner is … Hastings Commons CLT!

Image of people sitting in Hastings Commons CLT's common room. People are sat on sofas and armchairs. The room has bunting hanging from the ceiling and colourfully knittted blankets draped over the sofas. It looks cosy and lively Image shows groups of people talking and laughing standing in an alley by a Hastings Commons project

Previous winners

  • 2022 | Newton and Noss CLT
  • 2021 | Swansea Cohousing

Beautiful Community Led Homes - Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT

When communities are in charge of designing and building homes the likelihood of homes being just right for that place grows immensely.

The winner has built 15 affordable rented homes which were completed in partnership with Abri Group this summer. We were impressed with the group’s community involvement project during the construction phase called Homemaking which saw a beautiful artwork created by a local artist.

The site includes an old oak tree which was saved from felling by incorporating it into the design. By paying respect and having sensitivity to existing landmarks like a chapel and village hall, the homes truly fit their rural village setting.

We were impressed that smaller details were included like hedgehog boxes, bat boxes, plant markers all made from reclaimed materials, all adding to the character of the development…

And the winner is … Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT!

Previous winners

  • 2022 | Bradwell CLT
  • 2021 | Keswick Community Housing Trust

Can't Stop, Won't Stop - Morag Robertson and Jill Block, St Ives CLT

The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop award is about individual achievement. Celebrating the people whose passion is such a driving force and inspiration to others. Or the unsung heroes who consistently go the extra mile, doing vital work behind the scenes.

CLTs are a people powered movement and in 2023 we saw a huge number of movers and shakers nominated.

The CLT movement is full of inspirational people, and this list highlights some amazing leaders – people who’ve worked hard to empower people in their communities, and people who’ve been inspiring to their team and wider community. Narrowing it down this year to one winner was impossible – so we’ve had to choose two! 

These two people have been recognised for their extraordinary determination and staying power as chair and secretary of their CLT. Consultation, inclusivity and a very warm welcome to all, underpin all of their efforts. The CLT under their leadership had the stupendous achievement in seeing off interest from the property speculators in securing in 2019 a notable historic building, the Old Vicarage Flats, in the centre of their town. 

These two have steered the CLT through covid, keeping up morale, never giving in, despite set-backs in funding and local political support.

And the winner is ….  Morag Robertson and Jill Block from St Ives CLT!


Previous winners

  • 2022 | Fran Ryan, Oxfordshire CLT
  • 2021 | Rosemary Heath Coleman, Queen Camel CLT
  • 2019 | Monica King, Bridport CoHousing
  • 2018 | Liz Maunder, Norton Sub Hamden

Lead Goose - Razia Khanom and Alex Ingram, London CLT

The Lead Goose award recognises a person or CLT that has made an outstanding contribution to CLTs as a movement and as a network in the past year.

These nominees have all done something amazing for the growth of the CLT movement. But today we are honouring two people from a single CLT.

This is what the nominators told us about our first winner. “She has been a tireless campaigner for affordable, community-led housing both in her own neighbourhood and around London. She has motivated many others as the group has grown and fought to put CLT housing at the forefront of decision makers’ agendas. Her determination, wisdom and compassion are an inspiration to all those who know her.”

The other nomination mentioned the following:

“Since moving into his new home, he has been at the forefront of pushing for community cohesion and connecting with neighbours. Being a director of the resident management company, he is helping to model a more democratic and inclusive way for residents to self-manage housing. He is an inspiration to CLTs across the capital and to campaigners working for a more just housing system.”

And the winners are….Razia Khanom and Alex Ingram from London CLT!



What a wonderful world - Lune Valley CLT

This award celebrates a CLT that recognises the importance of sustainability, especially at a time marked by such drastic climate breakdown. The CLT movement can – and is – delivering projects of huge importance, together we can set the standard for the way future homes need to be built and renovated.

This year’s winning CLT partnered with South Lakes Housing Association and this year all residents moved into these 13 rented and 7 shared ownership affordable homes. 

We were impressed by the detailed though that has gone into their sustainability and ecological benefits:

  • homes are built to National space standards + 5%, and Passivhaus energy standard
  • beautiful pedestrian street and communal spaces which are set to become the heart of the scheme driving connection and neighbourhood
  • Electric Vehicle chargers have been installed to help all with the net zero transition

We were impressed that during construction and since, they’ve shared their experience throughout the sector, to help others build their own warm affordable homes for local people.

We agree that low bills, near zero carbon emissions and happy occupiers is a win, win, win for all.

And the winner is … Lune Valley CLT!

Previous winners

  • 2022 | Swaffham Prior CLT
  • 2021 | Hook Norton CLT
  • 2019 | South Downs Eco CLT

Nominees from 2023

Nominees: All About Community
– Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT
– Wirral Arts & Culture CLT
– Lune Valley CLT
– Pewsey CLT
– Sincil CLT
– Hastings Commons CLT

Nominees: Beautiful Community Led Homes
– East Cambs CLT
– Bridport Cohousing CLT
Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT



Nominees: Lead Goose
– Aster Group
– Bridport Cohousing CLT
– Tom Warder (Action in Rural Sussex)
– Razia Khanom and Alex Ingram (London CLT)

Nominees: What a Wonderful World
– Bridport Cohousing CLT
– Hook Norton CLT
– The Rural Urban Synthesis Socity (RUSS)- St
– Lune Valley CLT


Nominees: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
– Janet Cooke (Crystal Palace CLT)
– Sheila Hawkins (Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT)
– Geoff Foot (Icklesham CLT)
– Steve Horner (Yarcombe CLT)
– James Neward (Yorspace CLT)
– Trevor Cherrett (Wiltshire CLT)

Nominees: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Cont.
– The Directors (EcoHolmes CLT)
– Josiah Sulc (Rooted In Homes)
–  Helena Mair (Sincil CLT)
– Steven Vaux (Seend CLT)
– Carroll Reeve (Lavenham CLT)
– Morag Robertson and Jill Block (St Ives CLT)


A word about geese

We award the winners of the CLT awards with a wooden goose and ‘honk’ to show our approval.

This is to reflect on the spectacular sight of geese flying together in a V formation. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of them, reducing wind resistance and take take turns being the leader.

Just as the birds fly together to chart the path and make it easier for those after them, individual CLTs and their leaders inspire and motivate others. In the CLT movement, CLTs take turns to lead, to support others, and the others ‘honk’ encouragement to the leader.

And all this means we can all carry on delivering on the things our communities want and need for longer!

Image of geese flying in v formation