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.
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..
- 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