The National Trust
The Foundation has always supported landscape conservation projects, especially those that engage local communities. Our latest grant to the National Trust (NT) for its project in Northern Ireland is a good example.
Divis and the Black Mountain rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills. They provide free green space to some of the most marginalised communities in the UK. But the NT’s research shows that almost 200,000 local people currently do not use the mountain. This is despite the positive impact that being connected to nature has on our lives. The NT is therefore embarking on a major project to restore the mountain. The project will protect the peatland and wildlife that is at risk and interpret the mountain’s 9,000-year human history. They will engage local communities with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged.
We were happy to make a grant, over three years, to help this major conservation project in Northern Ireland. It will help local people connect to this at-risk landscape to ensure its long-term sustainability.