Access to Nature is a grants scheme within the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces, which was created to help communities enjoy and improve their natural environments. The 115 projects supported by this scheme encourage people who have little or no experience of the natural environment to benefit from the outdoors.
The evaluation process for the programme has the overall purpose of gathering learning and assessing progress in achieving the Access to Nature outcomes. It is a formative approach, where the evaluation is ongoing and feeds back into management and planning processes to inform future development of the programme.
In addition to the ongoing series of Learning Papers, other evaluation and reports are being produced. These include ‘Building a good grants programme’, which provides practical advice based on the experience of designing and delivering Natural England’s Access to Nature programme.
These can be found in the downloads box immediately below. More documents will be developed as Access to Nature progresses and we continue to build on our learning to date.