It’s widely accepted that caring for our natural environment helps wildlife thrive and our landscapes to cope with threats such as climate change. It also improves the places we live and spend time in, making our everyday lives better as a result. Yet evidence of philanthropic giving in the UK shows that only around 4% goes towards environmental causes. This incredibly low level has long been the case, and shows no sign of improvement despite the increasingly understood benefits of trees and woodland to our health, wealth and economy, and the huge climate challenges that we are facing, including flooding and tree disease. So it’s crucial for organisations like ours to access funding in order to continue to protect and enhance the natural world.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is one of few funders in the UK dedicated to preserving all types of heritage at a national scale. It is currently undertaking a strategic review of its priorities and is consulting with organisations and the public to determine what these should be. With ever increasing pressure on its income, funding for natural heritage – our trees and woods, landscapes and wildlife– could potentially decrease as a result.
You can help
We know people love their natural heritage. The consultation is the best way we can all make it clear how important it is, not just for trees and woods, but for all natural heritage.
Trees and woods are an essential part of the natural heritage at the heart of all our lives. We want to make sure that it’s also placed at the heart of HLF’s priorities and reflected in the amount of funding awarded through its grant giving programmes.
It’s up to us to demonstrate to funders how much our natural heritage means to us all. Together, we can ensure that it’s protected and supported for future generations to enjoy. Please use our simple form to add your views straight into the HLF consultation before it closes on 22 March.