Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South has pledged to ‘value our natural heritage’ after meeting local nature conservation organisation Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) at the House of Commons (photo attached).
The event was held to highlight the value of funding nature and showcased a number of Wildlife Trust projects funded by HLF around the UK – including Nottingham’s Wildlife in the City, a £400,000 project, which gives communities including Clifton and The Meadows a "hands on" experience with nature. The three-year scheme, which is being run by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Nottingham City Council is funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme.
Lilian Greenwood said:
“It was great to hear how HLF funded Wildlife Trust projects have brought benefits to local wildlife and people. “
“Our own experience in Nottingham with the Wildlife in the City scheme shows just what can be done when organisations like Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the City Council work together to make natural heritage and nature accessible to communities.”
Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said:
“We warmly welcome the support that HLF has given to The Wildlife Trusts over 16 years. And we welcome the support shown by parliamentarians. With an uncertain economic future, we look forward to funding streams that protect and restore nature continuing.
Carole Souter CBE, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“Over the past 16 years the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded around £100million towards Wildlife Trust projects. This forms part of our wider commitment of £390million to more than 3,000 projects which support nature conservation across the UK. Our funding has made it possible to help people learn about, conserve and protect our incredible natural heritage.
“We are now consulting on the future of Lottery funding for heritage, asking people to tell us what they think our priorities should be, what we should continue to do, and what we should do differently. Over the next few years the amount of money we will have available for heritage will increase to around £300million and we want to know how people think we should use it.”