Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

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 Heritage Lottery Fund

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 Heritage Lottery 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 Heritage Lottery 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.

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

Empowering people of all ages and backgrounds

The barns on Skomer prior to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund

The barns on Skomer prior to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund- photo by Mike Alexander.

The Heritage Lottery Fund supported WTSWW’s regeneration of the farm buildings on Skomer Island to make them accessible, enabling lovers of wildlife to stay overnight on this special island. HLF also assisted WTSWW with the regeneration of Skokholm Island’s buildings, ensuring people are now able to stay and experience these incredible islands.

The old farmhouse on Skokholm Megan Nolan

The old farmhouse on Skokholm Island, renovated and now available to stay in – photo by Megan Nolan

In 2003 the Heritage Lottery Fund paid for the regeneration of the buildings on Skokholm Island.