Heritage Lottery Fund

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Since our foundation in 1994, thanks to National Lottery players the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £7.6 billion to over 41,000 projects.

The Heritage Lottery Fund believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

The projects the Heritage Lottery Fund supports vary from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings, from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training.

“Our heritage should be protected for the future, and we believe that everyone should have the chance to explore and look after it.”

Our heritage should be protected for the future, and our aim is that everyone should have the chance to explore and look after it.

European Union LIFE Nature Programme

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The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.


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LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been four complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013). During this period, LIFE has co-financed some 3954 projects across the EU, contributing approximately €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment.


The Partners

The Unlocking the Severn is a partnership between the Severn Rivers Trust, Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England.

In addition we are working with a large number of wider partners and stakeholders from Gloucester to Shrewsbury along the River Severn. This project would not be possible without support from a wide range of organisations and people.