State of UK Public Parks 2016 video
Historic public parks and cemeteries are valued places at the heart of local communities.

They offer an opportunity for people to enjoy and connect with nature, providing 'green lungs' where important species and habitats thrive. 

Over the past 20 years, HLF has awarded over £950million of National Lottery players' money to help support and inspire communities and park managers to improve and manage public parks and cemeteries into the future.

Leading change

We’re working with partners to lead the way in helping parks face some big challenges:

Parks projects

Funding is available for parks projects through a range of programmes - Sharing Heritage and Our Heritage

We provide grants for projects that restore historic public parks and transform them for everyone to enjoy. If you are thinking of applying for funding for a park or cemetery, take a look at some of our HLF-supported parks:

Bute Park Restoration, Cardiff

Bute Park is a Grade 1 listed park in Cardiff that was restored to help protect and enhance one of Cardiff's most cherished and popular attractions.

Wandle Park, Croydon

Restoring the historic landscape and course of the river Wandle was a key part of Croydon’s vision to improve this urban public park.

Antrim Castle Gardens, County Antrim

Antrim Castle Gardens in Northern Ireland was transformed from a neglected and underused park into an amazing outdoor space that is now enjoyed by local people and visitors.

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