Our Natural World

Space for nature


Protecting and creating more space for nature enables the restoration of damaged ecosystems and degraded landscapes. It's also important that the benefits of being close to nature are accessible to all.

The scale of nature’s decline in the UK cannot be addressed by our existing nature reserves, nor without fundamentally changing the way we use land. Fortunately, this decline is mirrored by a growing movement for connecting with nature and for finding and creating more wild spaces for nature - enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes.

This is a good time to encourage people’s enthusiasm for achieving better land use, and to build the evidence for policy makers. As well as supporting restoration of nature across the UK, we also want to engage communities to lead change so that nature is accessible to all.

What we want to achieve

Impact goal

Preserved and improved species health and habitats

Long-term outcomes
  • Space for nature, and biodiversity, is restored at scale in the UK.
  • Restoration of marine habitats, reconnecting coastal areas with their natural heritage.
  • More wild spaces for people in the UK to access, understand, enjoy and value - particularly those who have not experienced wild nature.
  • The benefits of investment in different approaches to aiding the recovery of nature, building carbon stores, and reducing flood risk are explored.

If you are interested in applying for funding on under this priority, please see our guidance for support.

Unlocking change



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