Landscapes, parks and nature

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RSPB Minsmere
Since 1994 we have awarded over £1.8bn to more than 4,200 land, nature and biodiversity projects across the UK.

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.

Discovering wildlife at Thatcham

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..

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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.


Romney Marsh

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

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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.

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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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Enjoying a Ukelele Sing-along in Pearson Park, Hull


How we're funding parks projects

We take a look at three thriving parks which are doing their bit for nature – and people.
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Nature Networks Fund decisions, October 2021

We are distributing the Nature Networks Fund in partnership with Welsh Government. The programme aims to strengthen the resilience of Wales’ network of protected land and marine sites, supporting a green recovery for nature and communities. Grants ranging from £53,000 to £500,000 have been awarded
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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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Pollinating the Peak

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

Family playing on playpark structures.


Zetland Park

Historic park has seen a £1.12million boost from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland.

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