Looking after nature and helping people to understand its importance has never been more important.
Funding landscapes and nature is one of our key strategic funding priorities until 2024.
To help ensure the impact of our investment in addressing the twin climate and ecological crises we will prioritise 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. We’ve committed to working together with our sector partners to take action. Read our joint statement.
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
This could include:
- creating wildflower areas rather than close-mown grass
- increasing tree planting and native hedgerows
- not using peat
New environmental sustainability guidance
In May 2020 we updated our environmental sustainability guidance to help all our projects make a difference for nature.
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.
The search is on for the 2021 Sustainable Project of the Year
Case study: Queering Spires - a history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford
Building maintenance guidance
Environmental sustainability guidance
Parks for People: case study research
Management and maintenance plan guidance for landscapes, parks and gardens
£1.9m to help Highlands heritage
Nature and landscapes guidance
Skell Valley Project: revealing, restoring and celebrating the river and its heritage
Skell Valley in North Yorkshire is frequently impacted by flooding due to the effects of climate change.
Alexandra Palace saved from risk of closure thanks to £2.9million grant
Nearly £40million awarded to green regeneration projects in England
Volunteers raise awareness of Norfolk’s commons
The Wildlife in Common project explored the history and importance of Norfolk’s 300-plus commons to wildlife and local communities.