24th June 2020 - Environment Trust receives National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19  pandemic on local heritage and threatened green spaces.

Environment Trust has received £12,600 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help protect and restore threatened green spaces and the historic built environment in south and west London.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown began Environment Trust has been significantly impacted, with a loss of essential funding and the cancellation of key events and project work.

John Anderson, Chair of the board of Trustees at Environment Trust said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now continue our work, helping people to engage with their local heritage in a meaningful way through our conservation and restoration projects, deepening the sense of belonging and pride in our local area. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

Projects that the Trust is running now include a viability study of the Grade II Listed Thames Eyot Boathouse in Twickenham, works to Sir Richard Burton’s mausoleum in Mortlake and a series of urban biodiversity Green Hubs in Kingston. During the lockdown, the team has been supporting the local community with Citizen Science wildlife resources for families, and fascinating online insights from Turner's House, the Royal Geographical Society and Orleans House Gallery.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund, which made £50million available as emergency funding for those most in need across the UK heritage sector.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Environment Trust during this uncertain time.”

For more information about the work of Environment Trust visit: www.environmenttrust.org

To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes, visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response

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For further information contact Emily Lunn 077028 850 160 / [email protected]

About Environment Trust

Environment Trust is a charity working for a restored and extensive natural and historical heritage in south and west London which connects and enriches fragmented, degraded and isolated historic and green spaces, and which are accessible and inviting to all, to explore, co-create, actively experience and feel part of.

Our mission is:

  1. To protect and restore our threatened rivers, green spaces, parks and historic built environment, and extend them through connecting them along green corridors, and new community spaces.
  2. To protect and restore historical built environment for this and future generations, and through engagement with this heritage to deepen peoples’ sense of belonging and pride in place.
  3. To realise the mutuality between urban historical and natural heritage goals.
  4. To promote an accessible and inclusive approach to our environmental and historical heritage through opportunities for all communities and individuals to be part of restoring, experiencing, and co-creating new spaces and becoming part of a larger movement for change.
  5. To promote learning for people of all ages and to deepen appreciation of our local natural and built environment

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive change for people and communities, now and in the future.

www.heritagefund.org.uk #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

The Heritage Emergency Fund remains open for applications for grants ranging from £3,000 to £250,000 until 31 July 2020. Extra advice and support and longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives has also been made available for the heritage sector. Read more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s response to the Covid-19 emergency.

About the National Lottery

  • Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.
  • National Lottery players contribute around £30 million to good causes every week.
  • The National Lottery has made more than 5,500 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes - over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

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