The need to aid nature’s recovery is urgent. That is why funding landscapes and nature is one of our key strategic funding priorities until 2024.
We expect all the projects we support to do their best to:
- reduce nature’s loss
- maintain the beauty and quality of our urban and rural landscapes
- help people to reconnect with wildlife
Everyone must now do their bit for nature
Even if your project is not solely focused on landscapes or nature, we now expect all projects to improve their environmental sustainability and particularly to create positive benefits for nature.
This could include:
- creating new bat roosts or nesting boxes
- including green roofs and permeable hard surfaces
- providing ponds and swales for natural drainage
- creating wildflower areas rather than close-mown grass
- increasing tree planting and native hedgerows
- using native and bee-friendly plants
- not using peat
What we have funded so far
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.
- regenerating over 900 historic public parks and cemeteries
- creating and improving important habitats such as orchards and peat bogs
- helping people to understand and value our seas
- promoting green volunteering, learning and citizen science
- helping threatened species to thrive again
- helping people to use landscapes and nature to learn, thrive and stay healthy
Find out more about what we fund:
How to get funding
Future Parks is a joint venture between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Trust. There is also additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in England.
Our funding could:
- help conserve historic structures or recreate lost features
- help historic gardens improve their biodiversity
- restore historic cemeteries including repairing listed monuments and helping people to appreciate their history
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What we expect from projects
We expect successful projects to show how they will address the key challenges faced by the UK's landscapes and nature.
Landscape projects must deliver one or more of the following requirements:
We support projects that conserve and enhance habitats and protect and preserve species.
We want projects to improve our knowledge and understanding of nature, and help people to access, care for and value our unique natural heritage.