Land and natural heritage

HLF support can help people get closer to nature Credit: Amy Lewis
From bees and birds to trees and plants, from ancient woods to hay meadows, we can help you conserve the nature on your doorstep.

Many people today have become detached from the natural world. HLF grants offer a great opportunity to fund projects which reconnect people with nature and the benefits it brings to our lives, health and wellbeing.

Through the projects we support, we are helping to conserve threatened habitats such as ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows and upland peat bogs. We also support the conservation of threatened species such as bumblebees, water voles and the greater horseshoe bat.

The result of billions of years of evolution, nature is our oldest form of heritage – HLF projects can help people to look after and explore it.

With our funding you could:

  • improve, expand and connect threatened habitats
  • survey and record an endangered species
  • teach people about local geology and landscapes
  • research and repair a historic public park
  • train people to care for a historic cemetery

We have grants starting from £3,000 for projects to help look after your community’s natural heritage. If you have a project in mind, then get in touch via email or talk to others in our Online Community.

Our grants

We want to get people talking across the nature sector and encourage grant applications on a wide range of natural heritage topics, such as citizen science, mapping habitats and species, natural river management and people engagement as well as traditional habitat and species conservation projects.

For example, our Yorkshire's Back Garden campaign is helping people across Yorkshire and the Humber find out more about the outstanding nature on their doorstep.

Sharing Heritage

Discover and share your local natural heritage with our Sharing Heritage grants. Worth £3,000 to £10,000, the grants can be used for everything from conserving a habitat like a pond to recording the species found in a traditional orchard.

Our Heritage

HLF's Our Heritage grants span £10,000 to £100,000 and focus on protecting and sharing heritage from learning about local geology and fossils to building a bird hide.

Heritage Grants

Our Heritage Grants can help with awards over £100,000. Ideas for Heritage Grants projects include funding wildlife volunteer schemes and reviving natural habitats.

Landscape Partnerships

At HLF we’re keen to help people to learn about distinctive landscapes across the UK.  By funding projects to work at a landscape-scale with local communities and landowners we aim to help more people appreciate the value of natural heritage whilst ensuring our landscapes can be more sustainably managed for the future.

Our innovative Landscape Partnerships programme provides funding for landscape-scale schemes including habitat conservation, training in traditional rural skills, repairs to distinctive local buildings and features, and improving access to the landscape. The grants are worth £100,000 - £3million.

“The HLF grant enabled us to do so many things, especially to re-introduce safe grazing of cattle onto the heath and to extend our educational activities.”Joan Pinch, Tiptree Heath Restoration project

Parks for People

The UK invented the municipal park movement, an enduring legacy of the industrial revolution. We know from over 20 years of investing in public parks that along with our historic cemeteries, each park tells a story inextricably linked to the history and everyday lives of local communities. Yet many of our best-loved gardens, parks and cemeteries are still in need of investment. 

HLF can support historic public parks and cemeteries through our Parks for People programme, worth £100,000 - £5m.

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