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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Credit: David Cheskin

Landscapes, parks and nature

Landscapes, parks and nature

Landscapes, parks and nature

Looking after nature and helping people to understand its importance has never been more important.

Thanks to National Lottery players, since 1994 we have awarded over £1.8billion to more than 4,200 land, nature and biodiversity projects across the UK.

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

Discovering wildlife at Thatcham

Climate change

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.

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Find out more

Discover what projects we fund, and what you could do with our investment.

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.

Outside the Jubilee Pool in Penzance
Sustainability award 2021 winner: Penzance Jubilee Pool


Could you be the Sustainable Project of the Year 2022?

The National Heritage Lottery Fund is sponsoring the sustainability category at the Museums + Heritage Awards for a third year running – entries are now open for 2022.


Trees Call to Action Fund

In support of the England Trees Action Plan, this fund will build capacity in organisations and partnerships to deliver projects regionally and nationally over the next three years.
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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.