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.
We’re working with partners to lead the way in helping parks face some big challenges:
- Our Rethinking Parks work with Nesta and Big Lottery Fund is helping to create new ways to fund and support parks
- By developing a natural capital account for London’s parks we have shown that for every £1 invested Londoner’s enjoy at least £27 in return in value
- We've worked with the National Trust and local authorities to look at new models for managing parks and have funded new research and guidance for those exploring new ways of doing things
- We have published two parks reports - State of UK Public Parks 2016 and a previous study in 2014, which have helped to raise the profile of funding for parks
- HLF sits on the government's Parks Advisory Group and responded to the Communities and Local Government Committee's parliamentary inquiry on parks
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.