How to consider environmental sustainability in your heritage project
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 the climate crisis, 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.
ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and Bangor University are restoring native oyster habitats in Conwy Bay to improve marine biodiversity, increase coastal resilience and re-connect people with their coastal heritage.
The Woodland Trust project is reconnecting people with the outdoors by using trees and woodlands to build a resilient landscape that’s a haven for wildlife.
Described as a once-in-a-generation project, the Natural History Gallery and gardens will be redeveloped into a new and engaging space for all.
People in Radnorshire will have better access to an area of temperate rainforest – an extremely rare habitat which will be better protected and managed.
The Natur am Byth partnership is bringing together 10 leading conservation organisations to protect and save 67 of Wales’ most vulnerable species.
An inspiring eco refurbishment project transformed The Brampton Museum, adapting to the climate crisis and increasing its capacity to welcome more people to the museum.