Nature is our oldest – and one of our most fragile – forms of heritage.
Looking after nature and helping people to understand its importance has never been more important. That's why funding landscapes and nature is one of our key strategic funding priorities until 2024.
We are prioritising landscape and nature projects that:
- support nature’s recovery
- deliver nature-based solutions to address climate change
- reconnect people to landscapes and nature
The heritage sector has an important role to play in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. Find out more about what we're doing to tackle climate change.
What we expect from projects we fund
We want all kinds of heritage project, large and small, to:
- limit any potential damage on the environment
- make a positive impact on the environment and particularly for nature
Read more about our environmental sustainability requirements.
Read our environmental sustainability guidance..
What we fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, since 1994 we have invested £1.6billion in landscapes and nature, including more than £950m in public parks and cemeteries.
Habitats and species
We support projects that conserve and enhance habitats and protect and preserve the UK's precious species.
We expect successful projects to show how they will address the key challenges faced by the UK's landscapes and nature.
Public parks and urban green spaces
Public parks are facing a severe reduction in funding from local authorities. This is how we can help your parks and urban green spaces.
Gardens and cemeteries
The UK is world renowned for its wealth of historic designed parks and gardens. Here's how our funding can help look after them.
Rectory Lane Cemetery was transformed from a neglected 'dead space' into a vibrant community space and wildlife haven.
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.
Staff, volunteers and participants on the Pollinating the Peak project are gaining a wellbeing boost from caring for bumblebees.
Historic park has seen a £1.12million boost from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland.