Nature is our oldest form of heritage. It's also 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.
To help ensure the impact of our investment in addressing the twin climate and ecological crises we will prioritise 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. We’ve committed to working together with our sector partners to take action. Read our joint statement.
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
This could include:
- creating wildflower areas rather than close-mown grass
- increasing tree planting and native hedgerows
- not using peat
New environmental sustainability guidance
In May 2020 we updated our environmental sustainability guidance to help all our projects make a difference for nature.
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.
Volunteers with digital skills came to the aid of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales when people couldn’t visit Skomer Island during lockdown.
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.
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.