How to consider environmental sustainability in your heritage project

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Climate change is already impacting our society, our natural environment and our heritage.

We want all the projects we fund to reduce the effects of climate change, assist places and people to adapt to our changing planet, and to support nature’s recovery across the UK.

We expect them all to have a positive impact on our environment and we factor a project’s environmental impact into our decision making.  

We expect to see environmental sustainability embedded into applicants' decision making.

This applies to all projects – whether our funding is supporting an entire landscape, regeneration of a local park, a museum refurbishment or bringing a community together.

 

What we expect from projects

To reach our environmental sustainability requirement, we expect all projects we fund to:  

  • limit any potential damage to the environment  
  • make a positive impact on the environment and particularly for nature  

Including environmental sustainability within your project right from the beginning will mean your project is likely to be more resilient, financially sustainable and have multiple benefits for people and the community.  

We expect to see environmental sustainability embedded into applicants' decision making. You should also think about how to measure your environmental sustainability and ensure that this is part of your evaluation strategy.

Essential links

Our environmental sustainability requirement.

Read our in-depth good practice guidance

Access practical support from the Fit for the Future network

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How we're tackling climate change

In our corporate plan we have committed to play our part in tackling climate change – both within our organisation and in our grant giving.
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Braemar view. Credit: Cameron Cosgrove

Projects

Cairngorms 2030: people and nature thriving together

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.

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Woodwalton Fen. Credit: Robert Enderby

Projects

Peatland Progress: A New Vision for the Fens

We have awarded more than £8million to this ground-breaking project that addresses climate change, carbon emissions, biodiversity loss and the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

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Site of the new marine park at Plymouth. Credit: Chris Gorman/Big Ladder Photography

Projects

Building Plymouth Sound, the UK’s first National Marine Park

We are granting £9.5million to support the creation of Plymouth Sound's 'Park in the Sea', helping communities and tackling the effects of climate change.

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Young people involved in Middlesbrough Environment City's Green Shoots project

Stories

Bringing people together in green spaces

How funding for nature in urban areas is helping unemployed young people and refugees find a fresh start.
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Projects

Cynon Valley nature spot is a wellbeing wonder

A derelict site in Cynon Valley has been transformed into a community garden full of people, nature and wildlife – and is now the perfect place for boosting mental health.

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Projects

Pollinating the Peak

Staff, volunteers and participants on the Pollinating the Peak project are gaining a wellbeing boost from caring for bumblebees.

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