Birmingham Botanical Gardens has been awarded £47,500 from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund to help it meet its running costs after closing because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The funding to the charity was awarded after the National Lottery made £50million available to those most in need across the heritage sector.

The 15-acre oasis in Edgbaston closed its doors on March 24 when the country was put into lockdown. It meant the nationally important heritage site has since received no revenue income from visitors, schools, events, weddings or conferences.

Like the Gardens, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment, and sports sectors.

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