Yorkshire's Back Garden

Yorkshire’s back garden: sowing the seeds to connect more people to nature
Yorkshire's Back Garden is our campaign highlighting awareness of Yorkshire and the Humber's beautiful landscapes and wildlife - and helping local people to connect with them.

So far, HLF has granted more than £3million across many different projects for our Yorkshire's Back Garden campaign, which promotes funding for natural heritage projects of all sizes across the region. This includes 72 parks - which is the equivalent to 172,653 back gardens.

We want to encourage applications for funding from all champions of natural heritage, particularly small, local and community groups with projects that help raise awareness of the wildlife and nature to be found close to home.

“HLF has shared our enthusiasm, guided us along the way and helped us with the applications.”David Jordan, Chair of Friends of Whinfell Quarry Gardens

From monitoring bats, birds and beetles to exploring the hills and dales of Yorkshire – no project is too large or too small.


If you want to do a natural heritage project and want to know what’s possible then take a look at some of the projects we’ve already funded.

Learning from others

As part of our Yorkshire’s back garden campaign some of our projects have shared their experience of running natural heritage projects, offering new perspectives on natural heritage, lessons learned and top tips. Discover what they have to say and learn from other groups through our online blogs.

Feeling inspired?

Get in touch with us to discuss your ideas or discover what other people have been up to in our Online Community.

Find out what grants we have available on our Land and Natural Heritage page

Follow the campaign 

To keep up to date with the campaign, follow us on Twitter and look out for the hashtag #HLFnature

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