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Public parks and urban green spaces

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.

The National Lottery has been investing in public parks for nearly 25 years. It has helped improve over 900 parks across the UK. 

We no longer have a dedicated programme for the regeneration of parks. However, all historic public parks, squares, urban nature sites and country parks can apply for funding through our open programmes which offer grants from £3,000 upwards.

Our funding could:

  • regenerate an entire public park including conserving historic features, creating new facilities and engaging new audiences
  • restore and improve access to an "at risk" feature such as a lost garden, a decaying bandstand or a folly
  • bring a walled garden back to productive use
  • help you work with a local community to turn a heritage building in a park into a sustainable new enterprise
  • help the wildlife in a historic park by looking after habitats such as ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows

State of UK Public Parks

Read our: 2016 State of UK Public Parks report.

Rethinking Parks

Rethinking Parks is a joint initiative between The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund and Nesta. It was set up to help the managers of public parks explore and develop new sustainable funding and management models for parks. 

  • The first phase of Rethinking Parks ran from 2013 - 2015. Find out more on the Nesta website.
  • A second phase of 11 projects is now underway. Find out more on the Nesta website.

Future Parks

Future Parks is a new £13m joint venture between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Trust with additional funding from government.

Future Parks supports whole places to reimagine how their parks and urban green spaces could be better used and supported to provide social and environmental benefits for those that live in and visit the area.

Find out more on our Future Parks page.

How to get funding

Find out whether your project is eligible for funding.