The Trust provides advice to its partner organisations on the conservation of the built heritage. It also cares for its own heritage sites and undertakes a programme of enhancement works.
The Trust is consulted by Somerset County Council for advice on minerals and waste planning applications, and on the Council’s own planning applications for school, libraries, offices and other developments. It also provides advice to the Council on highway developments including works to historic bridges, fingerposts and roads in conservation areas.
The Trust assists the Diocese of Bath and Wells with the Faculty Jurisdiction system, the Church’s own system of development management. Two Trust officers are members of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.
The Trust helps to care for the historic environment through small-scale repair and enhancement schemes. These have included repairs to churchyard monuments, paving works, restoration of turnpike milestones, and projects on the Trust’s own heritage sites.
The Trust maintains a record of all listed buildings, scheduled structures, conservation areas and registered parks and gardens. See the Somerset Historic Environment Record.