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Urban Nature Project receives £3.2 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund - Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum Gardens will transform into the country’s urban nature epicentre © Feilden Fowles and J & L Gibbons
The Natural History Museum Gardens will transform into the country’s urban nature epicentre © Feilden Fowles and J & L Gibbons

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £3.2 million to the Museum. The grant will go towards the Urban Nature Project (UNP).

The UNP will support wildlife in cities across the country by developing new monitoring techniques and a school's programme, as well as creating a welcoming and stimulating green space that is easily accessible for all visitors.

More than 80% of the British population live in urban areas. It is predicted that this will increase to over 90% by 2030. This means the only access to nature most people will have will be within cities and towns. However, urban wildlife is dwindling, and we need to act now to prevent a desolate future.

Sir David Attenborough said in 2020, 'The natural world is under threat as never before. Species that were a common sight in gardens across the country when I was young, such as hedgehogs, are rarely seen by children today. These declines have devastating consequences for wildlife. Unless children have access to nature to experience, understand and nurture wildlife, we know they might never feel connected to nature and could grow up with no interest in protecting the natural world around them.'

Posted on: 29 June 2021

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