Landscapes, parks and nature

Nature is our oldest form of heritage. Looking after nature and helping people to understand its importance has never been more urgent.

Investing in nature, habitats, species and landscapes is one of our key strategic priorities.

Thanks to National Lottery players, since 1994 we have invested £1.6billion in landscape and nature projects, including over £950m in urban parks and cemeteries.

Project ideas:

Our funding could help people:

  • improve, expand and connect threatened habitats
  • survey and record endangered species and habitats
  • teach people about local geology, landscape histories and nature conservation
  • help people to understand and engage with the conservation of rivers, the coast and our seas
  • regenerate and improve the sustainability of a public park or cemetery
  • learn new skills to sustainably manage the cultural and natural heritage of landscapes

What do we support?

Landscapes and nature

As one of the UK’s largest investors in landscapes and nature, we want to make sure the projects we support do their utmost to reduce nature’s decline and to help people to reconnect to nature in their daily lives.

Therefore, successful projects must show how they will address the key challenges faced by the UK's landscapes and nature.

Projects must deliver one or more of the following requirements:

  • conservation at a landscape scale and increasing people's understanding of their cultural value
  • bigger, better, well-connected and more resilient habitats for nature
  • reconnecting people with nature
  • partnership working - particularly engaging with those who have a direct impact of landscapes and nature
  • exploring, testing and sharing new ways of working
  • developing skills to create new sources of income
  • inspiring and supporting new ways to increase public engagement and changes in behaviour

Urban parks and green spaces

We support projects to regenerate public parks, urban green spaces and cemeteries through our open programmes.

We are also leading work through our Rethinking Parks and new Future Parks Accelerator initiatives to support the financial and environmental sustainability of urban parks and green spaces.

Changes to our requirements:

We now expect all projects to create positive opportunities for nature and to compensate for any potential loss as a result of the project..

For example:

  • creating new roosts for bats
  • installing nest boxes for swifts
  • including green roofs and permeable hard surfaces
  • providing ponds and swales for natural drainage
  • creating wildflower areas rather than close mown grass
  • increasing tree planting and native hedgerows

How to get funding

Find out whether your project is eligible for funding.



What have we done for nature?

Our researchers analysed grant award data from 1994 to March 2017. They also interviewed 20 key stakeholders from across the UK who have an interest in landscapes and nature. The aim of this research was to explore the strategic impact that HLF investment has had on landscapes and nature. It will


State of UK Public Parks 2016

Our latest State of UK Public Parks 2016 report updates the previous study undertaken in 2014. What does the research show? This second State of the UK Public Parks report shows that there is a growing deficit between the rising use of parks and the declining resources that are available to manage


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Mae'r canllaw yma i'ch helpu i gynllunio a chyflawni prosiectau sy'n ymwneud â gwaith neu weithgarwch sy'n gysylltiedig â chynefinoedd, rhywogaethau, tirweddau, daeareg neu'r ecosystemau y maen nhw yn rhan ohonynt.