National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund

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What is the National Lottery?

The National Lottery – and with it National Lottery funding for good causes like heritage, arts, sport and charities – was established in 1994. Every ticket sold contributes funds to good causes across the UK.

National Lottery funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund is one of The Wildlife Trusts most important sources of income and has helped us to achieve many amazing things for people and wildlife over the years.

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.

Since its creation in 1994, The Wildlife Trusts have worked closely with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to connect people to nature and each other, save precious wildlife-rich places, create new woodlands, wetlands, meadows and many other habitats and protect rare and endangered species.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has invested a total of £7.1bn in 40,000 heritage projects. The hundreds of Wildlife Trust projects across the UK supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund have benefited thousands of people from all walks of life – helping them to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives; from children and young people to older generations; from those living in urban areas to those in the countryside, or by the coast.


Players of the National Lottery are helping Wildlife Trusts throughout the UK give a new lease of life to wildlife and wild places, and ignite the passions of individuals and communities to care for the wildlife on their doorstep.
Stephanie Hilborne OBE
The Wildlife Trusts

How the National Lottery Heritage Fund has helped Wildlife Trusts transform places and lives

Since 1994, National Lottery players have helped every eligible Wildlife Trust (that’s 44, by the way!) right across the UK deliver over 640 projects using money awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This has helped Wildlife Trusts to work alongside volunteers and other members of the local community to transform areas ranging from city roadside verges to vast areas of land and coast. Involving local communities does not just benefit wildlife – it also helps people to reconnect with local wild places, people experience improved health and well-being and it helps them to help themselves and others by learning new life skills or about subjects that can help society as a whole.

Here's an example of a Warwickshire Wildlife Trust project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Dunsmore launch day Vicky Page

Vicky Page / Offshoots Photography

Explore Dunsmore 

A precious slice of landscape and wildlife on the outskirts of Coventry and Leamington, spreading across to the Fosse way linked by woodland, hedgerows and meadows all brimming with life to entice you to explore and enjoy this “access for all” landscape. Take part in hedge-laying, meadow creations, coppicing and tree planting, or follow the woodland sculpture trail. Let your imagination run wild and free!  

For information on other Natural Heritage projects, funded by NLHF click here

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