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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. 

Our funding:

Green roof

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.

You 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

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have halted all new grants until at least October 2020. Organisations in need can apply for our £50m Heritage Emergency Fund. Find out more and apply.

    New ways of funding parks

    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 £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.

    Find out more on our Future Parks page.

    Powering Parks

    In February 2020, we funded Powering Parks, a project with The National Lottery Community Fund and Nesta exploring the role of groundsource heat pumps in parks.

    Park Foundations

    In March 2020, we published our guide to creating charitable Park Foundations.

    Space to Thrive

    The Space to Thrive report, published January 2020, is a rapid evidence review of the benefits parks and green spaces have for people and communities.

    Its key recommendations are:

    • Parks should be seen as social as well as physical infrastructure.
    • Parks and green spaces should be managed to support health and wellbeing.
    • Parks and green spaces should be managed to encourage connections with nature.

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