In June 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. To mark the milestone, the National Lottery Heritage Fund is committing £7m to help communities across the UK re-connect with nature and support young people to take their first step towards a career in natural heritage.
The investment will be divided between:
- £5m to help communities improve nature ‘on their doorstep’, particularly in economically and/or nature deprived areas. From wilding verges and sowing meadows, to digging ponds and creating highways for nature – we want to see green spaces flourish as a legacy of the Platinum Jubilee.
- £2m to support paid traineeships in a range of environmental charities for 70 young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. We know that people from diverse ethnic communities are under-served in the natural heritage sector. These traineeships will help young people develop skills and qualifications working with wildlife and nature, providing a lasting legacy for both the individuals and organisations.