People tend to think of the Heritage Lottery Fund giving money to churches, buildings and towns but since 1994, it has given £450 million to 3,000 nature projects. We were thrilled to be asked to make a film that would show the fabulous work they are doing in Yorkshire. Yorkshire’s Back Garden project has been raising awareness of how Lottery funding can help support local groups to connect to the nature on their doorstep.
We went to Sheffield’s Greno Woods where we filmed children discovering how to do bushcraft, build shelters, find bugs and light fires. We found out how Sheffield Wildlife Trust had been given funding by the HLF so that they could make sure local people, now and in the future, can enjoy this very special wild place on their doorstep. Then we went to the oasis of York Gate Garden, which is a beautiful garden on the outskirts of Leeds. It is a very special place and a glimpse into the Arts and Crafts Movement- and we can recommend the scones in the tea shop!