Cairngorms 2030: people and nature thriving together

Three people look down over a valley with mountains in the distance
Braemar view. Credit: Cameron Cosgrove

Heritage Grants

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Cairngorms National Park Authority
£12486100
We have awarded nearly £12.5million to a life-changing project aiming to preserve the UK’s biggest National Park, bringing communities together to help nature and improve wellbeing.

One of our flagship Heritage Horizon Awards, this project involves over 45 partners ranging from the NHS to Highland and deer management groups. They will work together to tackle the climate emergency and nature crisis, delivering an economy that works for all.

The Cairngorms in Scotland are home to 25% of all threatened and rare species, such as capercaillie, wildcats, osprey and golden eagles.

This project will enhance the environment and contribute to carbon net zero through:

  • green finance
  • woodland expansion
  • peatland restoration
  • river catchment management
  • nature-friendly farming
  • sustainable transport
People on mobility scooters in woodland
Mobility scooter excursion. Credit: CNPA

There will be a focus on wellbeing for local communities and visitors, including the creation of a nature-based dementia centre. More people will be able to access the landscape and take part in outdoor health and community growing programmes. Community-led lifestyles and citizens’ assemblies will empower people to shape a greener future. 

The Cairngorms are a national treasure and this work won’t just be transformative for our environment, but for local communities and the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the national park every year.

Màiri McAllan, Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform

Xander McDade, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, said: 
“Our plans are ambitious but the situation facing our country and our planet demands that we do things differently. With the help of National Lottery players, together with our many funding partners, we can now look forward to turning this transformational vision into reality.”

Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan, said: “This project is a great example of community based action to tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss and to improve wellbeing.

“The Cairngorms are a national treasure and this work won’t just be transformative for our environment, but for local communities and the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the national park every year.”