The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Play Wild, David Tipling, 2020 Vision

635 + Wildlife Trust projects supported since 1994
Every eligible Wildlife Trust has been supported
Thousands of young people closer to nature
Thousands of hectares of land acquired

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 National Lottery Heritage 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


The National Lottery Heritage Fund, formerly known as the Heritage Lottery 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 Heritage Lottery 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.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Derbyshire

Generous funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has enabled us to run some of our largest projects - from helping people all around the world learn about our fastest animal, peregrines, to funding our largest ever, landscape scale, habitat and heritage restoration project, DerwentWISE. Let's take a peek...

Habitats and cultural heritage

The DerwentWISE project

Aqueduct Cottage, Cromford, Kaite Helps

The world's fastest

Peregrine project

Peregrine, Robert Booth 

Discover your wild life

Play Wild project

Children playing, Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Waking up The Whistlestop

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The Whistlestop, source unknown 

Working for Nature

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Learning how to survey, Matthew Roberts

Restoring Norbriggs Flash

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Tim at the Doe Lea River, Helen Mitchem 

National level funding

Discover what projects The National Lottery Heritage Fund have helped The Wildlife Trust's with across the UK. 

Working together nationally

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Children and family, Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

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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


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