The Back from the Brink project was developed by Natural England and Rethink Nature


Rethink Nature is a partnership of seven conservation charities

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Bat Conservation Trust, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and the RSPB.

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Back from the Brink is generously supported by eight funders


Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund, which distributes National Lottery money to projects conserving and promoting our nation’s heritage, is proud to be supporting the groundbreaking Back from the Brink project.

The initiative is one of over 3,600 National Lottery funded projects across the UK working to raise awareness of and protect our precious threatened species, and the remarkable landscapes they live in. We’ve already invested over £760 million into conserving the country’s natural heritage, and this latest investment of £4.6m is essential to supporting British nature for future generations to enjoy.


People's Postcode Lottery

People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities supporting a range of good causes. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised millions of pounds for good causes across Great Britain and internationally. Players pay £10 for 10 draws, paid monthly in advance with a minimum of 31% going to good causes.

Postcode Green Trust was established in 2011 and supports charities and good causes that promote the conservation and protection of native wildlife and habitats in Great Britain, encouraging enjoyment and access to the outdoors.

Postcode Green Trust operates its own society lottery and is entirely funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.


Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-making trust established in 1958.  Since it began the Foundation has donated over £960 million to charities across the UK.  In the last financial year, the Foundation donated over £60 million.  From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work.  Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.


Natural England

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Natural England's purpose - as set out in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006) - is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. This includes promoting nature conservation and protecting biodiversity; conserving and enhancing the landscape; securing the provision and improvement of facilities for the study, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment; promoting access to the countryside, open spaces and encouraging open air recreation; and contributing in other ways to social and economic wellbeing through management of the natural environment


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. In 2016 we made grants of £42.4 million towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change.

Patsy Wood Trust

Patsy Wood Trust

This charitable trust was established according to Patsy’s wish, to support charities which Patsy was involved in or which are close to her heart.  They have to be in England, Scotland and Wales and working in the fields of the environment and conservation, training and education, and music and creative arts.



LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4500 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.


Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.



The Veolia Environmental Trust was established in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund.

We support a wide range of community and environmental projects throughout England and Wales. The money we use for grants is made available through the Fund.

Veolia has supported this initiative by contributing over £75 million since we were established, which to date has been used to award over 2,200 grants to projects.