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.
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..
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.
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
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.
Pearson Park, managed by Hull City Council, is a vital green space for the whole community.
Outreach with a Porpoise has received a £24,600 grant to raise awareness of harbour porpoises and marine life in south Pembrokeshire.
This project helped to safeguard some of South West England’s rarest butterfly and moth species. The conservation work engaged a wider range of people through working with partners.
Gasworks Dock Partnership is regenerating Cody Dock in the lower Lea River to transform it in a vital wildlife corridor in Newham, East London.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have been awarded a £2.69million National Lottery grant to protect and rejuvenate Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down, Northern Ireland.