Yesterday the Fit for the Future Network held its annual gathering for it’s 90 members from across the heritage and conservation sectors. This year’s keynote speeches from Network Chair, Ed Davey MP and Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Exec Ros Kerslake, included the announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund will be encouraging all grantees to take action on climate change by joining the Network.
Speaking about the collaboration between Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Fit for the Future Network, Ros quoted the poignant words of William Morris, Founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: “We are only trustees for those that come after us”.
“As the largest funder of heritage projects in the UK, the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been acutely aware of its responsibility. We aim to show leadership and to encourage all involved to act as good custodians so that we can pass on our heritage for future generations to enjoy.”
However, we recognise that some organisations will need support to fully embrace the principles and practice of environmental sustainability and so we are delighted to announce today that we are building a closer relationship with Fit for the Future, this fantastic network of organisations dedicated to helping people and projects to ‘go green’.”
Ros Kerslake, speaking at the Ideas Harvest, 2017
Fit for the Future has now been running for five years, and is a collaboration between the National Trust and sustainability charity, Ashden. More than 90 organisations are working together to save energy, lower environmental impacts and adapt to climate change.
At this year’s annual conference, more than 130 environmental practitioners from organisations including The Crown Estate, Somerset House, the Royal Household, RSPB and Cancer Research UK came together to share knowledge and innovations, and to celebrate successes.
Fit for the Future operates on the principle that a lot more can be achieved if heritage organisations and charities work together to find practical solutions to sustainability challenges. The Network’s latest impact report reveals successes so far.
“We absolutely support the Fit for the Future principle that, more often than not, the solution is already out there when it comes to making buildings, land and whole organisations more sustainable. We will therefore be encouraging grantees, new and old, to become part of the network so that they can learn from others and in time share their own stories so that together we continue to develop good practice in this field.”
Ros Kerslake, on Fit for the Future
HLF were one of the first major funders to focus attention on the issue of environmental sustainability, introducing their first environmental impact policy in 2008. They are the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK and advocate for the value of heritage. Since 1994, they have awarded £7.7billion to over 42,000 projects.
Want to know more about Fit for the Future? Take a look at their website at https://fftf.org.uk/