Black Country Living Landscape

Welcome to the Black Country Living Landscape! The landscape of the Black Country has remarkable and often unexpected biodiversity assets, an incredibly diverse geology and numerous heritage features relating to the area’s rich legacy of industrial history.

Black Country Living Landscape was an exciting project that worked to transform accessible natural greenspace and local nature reserves in partnership with people and communities across the whole of the Black Country. This was undertaken through a co-ordinated programme of initiatives addressing site improvements for biodiversity, geodiversity and increased community engagement with the natural environment, the delivery of lifelong learning through environmental education, development of environmental tourism in the Black Country and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and active volunteering.

Black Country Living Landscape was an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country in partnership with a range of regional organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Thanks to the generous support of BIG Lottery Fund, Black Country Consortium, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural England and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts the project helped to make great places for people, nature and wildlife across the Black Country. 

Access to Nature was run by Natural England and is part of the The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. It managed this £25 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV, British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace, Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.

Through this programme, it was Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted. For further information about Access to Nature visit


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Access to Nature URN88487 (BCLL) Interim Report, Final, October 2011.pdf195.48 KB