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Heritage Horizons 2030

The Cairngorms 2030 project will tackle the climate emergency, protect and enhance biodiversity, and deliver meaningful improvements to people’s health and wellbeing

About Heritage Horizons

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has invited 12 projects that have shown vision, ambition and the potential to be truly transformational, to submit an application to the Heritage Horizons Awards. Each project will compete for a share of £50million, which the National Lottery Heritage Fund is set to award over the next three years. The fund is looking for projects to show clear and ambitious plans for how they will bring about positive changes and benefits to people, places and wider heritage.  

Within the Cairngorms National Park, people and nature will thrive together.

We believe it is by people coming together, that we tackle the climate emergency and nature crisis, and deliver an economy that works for all. Our ambition is a large scale, inclusive, transformational change that delivers our collective climate and biodiversity responsibilities. Acting comprehensively across the UK’s largest National Park, people will have the agency and the tools to make a difference, including:

  • Improving people’s health and livelihoods by fundamentally shifting our approach to deliver a wellbeing economy, outdoor health programmes, a nature-based dementia centre and engaging, inclusive learning and outreach.
  • Empowering diverse communities through sharing power to co-design decisions and activities via citizens’ assemblies, substantial community managed grants and innovative land use collaborations.
  • Enhancing nature through green finance, woodland expansion, peatland restoration, river catchment management, deer management, nature-friendly farming, landscape connections and sustainable transport.
  • Continually sharing our learning through a global knowledge exchange programme.

With 45 committed partners, our collective endeavour is for the Park to become a global exemplar with integrity and heart, where the future is placed in the hands of the people and communities that live, work and visit here. Within the Cairngorms National Park, people and nature will thrive together.

Read more about the Heritage Horizons bid here or view the film below.

Heritage Horizon Awards: £50million to five life-changing projects

Supporting nature, people and places