Groundbreaking for the new gardens of the Natural History Museum

A wide variety of trusts, foundations, corporations and individuals support the Urban Nature project including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Evolution Education Trust, Cadogan Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation, Kusuma Trust, Wolfson Foundation , Charles Wilson and Rowena. Olegario, Huo Family Foundation (UK), Johnson Matthey, Workman LLP and the Museum Trustees and Board.

The Natural History Museum has won a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £3,231,900 for its Urban Nature project. The project will reach over 1.5 million people through the creation of a national collaborative biodiversity movement with partners across the UK.

Drew Bennellick, land and nature policy manager at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “People are now less connected to nature than at any time in our human existence. Creating places in the heart of our cities where people can see, understand and enjoy nature is essential to help regeneration The Urban Nature project is an exciting and innovative way to inspire and reconnect visitors to nature by accessing wildlife on the doorstep of the Natural History Museum.

“Through National Lottery players, we are working in partnership to invest in heritage projects in London and across the UK that will have a positive and lasting effect on the future of our natural world. The impact of the pandemic means we all seek solace in even the smallest green spaces, so creating and enhancing urban green spaces and shelters for wildlife has never been more important.”

You can find out more about the Urban Nature project at

The Natural History Museum recently launched a fundraising appeal to raise funds for its urban nature project. Those wishing to support the project can donate any amount online or can

  • Donate £50 to sponsor a square meter of the garden
  • Donate £250 to engrave a name on the pier railings
  • Donate £500 to engrave a name with a nature symbol
  • Donate £5,000-10,000 to engrave a name on a long or freestanding bench

You can find out more and donate to the Urban Nature Project at

Notes to Editors

Contact for natural history media: Tel. : +44 (0)20 7942 5654 / 07799690151 Email: [email protected]

The Natural History Museum is both a world-renowned center for scientific research and the most visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which people and the planet thrive, he is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing the needs of humanity with those of the natural world.

It is the custodian of one of the world’s largest scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers around the world both in person and through over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency, from the loss of biodiversity to the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

The Museum uses its global reach and influence to fulfill its mission to create Earth Defenders – to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website received 17 million visits last year and our traveling exhibitions have been viewed by approximately 20 million people over the past 10 years.

The urban nature project

The Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature project is designed in response to the urgent need to monitor and record changes in UK urban nature. Working in partnership with museums and wildlife organizations across the UK, the project will develop online, on-site and national monitoring and citizen science programs, as well as transform the museum’s five-acre gardens in South Kensington into a globally significant urban nature ‘epicenter’, helping to safeguard nature’s future.

Supporters and Sponsors

A wide variety of trusts, foundations, corporations and individuals support the Urban Nature project including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Evolution Education Trust, Cadogan Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation, Kusuma Trust, Wolfson Foundation , Charles Wilson and Rowena. Olegario, Huo Family Foundation (UK), Johnson Matthey, Workman LLP and the Museum Trustees and Board.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using the money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and fuel UK heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities now and in the future. Follow @HeritageFundUK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

The Evolution Education Trust
The Evolution Education Trust helps raise awareness of the importance of the theory of evolution by funding impactful projects in the fields of therapy, education, conservation and basic research.

The Cadogan Charity

The Cadogan Charity supports communities, contributes to a sustainable environment and protects heritage. He has supported charities involved in animal welfare, education, conservation and the environment, the military, medical research and social welfare.

Garfield Weston Foundation

Established over 60 years ago in 1958, The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-owned, grant-making charity that supports causes across the UK and, in the last financial year, gave away over £98 million. sterling because the administrators were very aware of the challenges. presented by Covid-19 to the charity sector. Since its inception, it has exceeded donations of over £1 billion, more than half of which has been given in the last ten years.

One of the most respected charities in the UK, the Weston family trustees are descendants of the founder and take a very active and hands-on approach. Funding for the Foundation came from an equity endowment from the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason, among others – a successful model that continues to this day. today; as businesses have grown, charitable giving has also increased.

Known for its transparency, flexibility and direct approach, the Foundation supports a wide range of charities, from small community organizations to large national institutions. Around 2,000 charities across the UK benefit from Foundation grants each year.

The Kusuma Trust

The Kusuma Trust UK is a family philanthropic trust established in 2010. The Trust makes grants to organizations based on shared values ​​and mutual interests in the UK, Gibraltar and India. His current areas of interest are creating access to opportunity, improving health and well-being, and investing in our communities and environment.

The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charitable organization focused on research and education. Its aim is to support civil society by investing in excellent projects in the fields of science, health, heritage, the humanities and the arts. Since its inception in 1955, some £1billion (£2billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 14,000 projects across the UK, all on the basis of expert review. Twitter: @wolfsonfdn

The Huo Family Foundation

The Huo Family Foundation is a grant-making foundation. Its mission is to support education, communities and the pursuit of knowledge. The Foundation previously supported the Natural History Museum’s ‘ID Trainers for the Future’ project, which was a response to the critical and growing shortage of wildlife identification and recording skills in the UK.

Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science enabling a cleaner, healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers’ products and in 2020 we were awarded the Green Economy Mark by the Stock Exchange of London, awarded to businesses that derive more than 50% of their revenue. from environmental solutions. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low-emission transportation, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing, and the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources. Today, more than 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals work with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference in the world around us.

Worker srl

Workman LLP is the UK’s largest independent commercial property management and construction consultancy firm, employing over 700 people in 12 UK offices, with a growing presence in Europe. Specialized property management and construction advisory teams work with a clientele that includes leading institutional funds, foreign investors and property companies. What sets Workman apart from the competition is its specialized focus, national coverage and independent status. For more information visit or to learn more about Workman’s commitment to building biodiversity across its managed portfolio visit

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