Fauna Funders

We are grateful to the following funding bodies and individuals for their support:

Lancaster City Council: 30-year lease at a ‘peppercorn’ rental.

Lancashire County Council (Environment Directorate): £17,000. This was a pump-priming grant, which enabled us not only to plan the work but to unlock other grants. The Environment Directorate also gave us expert help with planning and fund-raising through its Community Support service.

Groundwork Community Spaces (funded by The Big Lottery) £50,000.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The RSPB’s Farmland Advisory Service gave us expert help in applying to Natural England for Higher Level Stewardship, and it is providing ongoing support for our conservation and habitat restoration work.


Natural England / DEFRA (Higher Level Stewardship [HLS]): approx £17,000 in payment for capital works; plus £1,585 per year for 10 years, towards the recurrent costs of managing both Fauna and the Orchard.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, which gave us permission to manage School Pond and its surrounding marshland as part of Fauna, and to run a short section of footpath on a boardwalk bridge across a corner of its land.


Lancashire Environmental Fund (in association with the Landfill Communities Fund) £30,000.

The Lancashire Environmental Fund have since given us their Best Practice Award for 2012 in the Natural Environment category.

The Fairfield Association’s own members and supporters, who contributed well over £15,000 for preparatory costs including design, public consultation, legal and other professional fees, as well as the direct costs of the work.

We also acknowledge the skilled help of Graeme Skelcher, Ecological Consultant (preliminary surveys and reserve management plan) and Georgina Peacock of Peacock Designs (landscape design and contract management), as well as of our specialist contractors including M D Hanafin & Sons of Milnthorpe.