Yorkshire's Back Garden
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.
- Biodiversity in Schools
- Friends of Churchfield developing an open space as a community and wildlife resource
- Rectory Park Gone Wild
- Raikes Road Burial Ground restoration project
- Skipton Woods – enhancing spectacular woodland
- Saving marshlands wetland heritage and wildlife
- Cornfield Flowers: Out of Intensive Care
- Chevin through Time
- Restoration and maintenance of St Matthew’s churchyard Lightcliffe
- Greno Woods
- Heritage of York Gate Gardens
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.
- Nature Inspires and Supporting urban wildlife - Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
- Phasing our vision of Beaumont Park - Friends of Beaumont Park
- Valuing and retaining volunteers - RSPB – Blacktoft Sands
- Cherishing our churchyards as wildlife havens - Caring for God’s Acre
- Getting started on your biodiversity project - Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership
Find out what grants we have available on our Land and Natural Heritage page.