The Roger & Douglas
Turner Charitable Trust

History & origins

The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust was incorporated as a new-style Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 5 November 2013, but its origins go back half a century to January 1964 when Mr Douglas Turner established an unincorporated trust in his own name to make grants to charities. Almost eight years later in December 1971 Mr Roger Turner established The RD Turner Charitable Trust for similar charitable purposes.

Roger Turner bought Arley Estate in 1959 from the Woodward family and embarked on a comprehensive refurbishment of Arley Arboretum and its Grade II listed gardens, adding more than two dozen buildings to the estate and a sports and social club that quickly established itself as a vibrant hub for the local community.

Under the terms of his will following Roger Turner’s death in 1999 Arley Estate passed to the Trust.

Visit the The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust website here.

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