How National Lottery players can visit Hartlepool nature reserve for free

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A nature reserve is saying “thank you” to National Lottery players next month for their support over the years.

RSPB Saltholme, in Seaton Carew Road, near Hartlepool, is offering free entry to visitors from Saturday, June 5, to Sunday, June 13, as part of The National Lottery’s Open Week celebrations.

Saltholme is one of hundreds of venues across the UK making the gesture as thanks for the £30m raised for good causes every week by players.

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During the week, one National Lottery ticket or scratchcard will entitle the holder, plus one additional adult and up to three accompanying children, to free entry.

RSPB Saltholme, on the edge of Hartlepool.RSPB Saltholme, on the edge of Hartlepool.
RSPB Saltholme, on the edge of Hartlepool.

Claire Madley, visitor experience manager at RSPB Saltholme, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the National Lottery Open Week.

"We’re immensely grateful for the lottery funding opportunities that have supported us through this past difficult year and also through previous projects here.

"RSPB Saltholme nature reserve is the happy place of many people and we hope National Lottery players will come along to see the fantastic facilities and nature conservation work they have contributed towards here.

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"This is a great chance to explore our trails and discover the wonderful wildlife that lives here.”

In September, The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded funding to the RSPB through its Heritage Emergency Fund.

The programme aims to help charities recover from a loss of revenue and the additional costs incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The support has enabled the nature conservation charity to keep people connected to nature.

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Outside of the pandemic, more than £42b has also been raised for good causes by Lottery players since the National Lottery began – including general improvements at RSPB Saltholme and the set up of its lifelong learning programme.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “The National Lottery Open Week is a really exciting moment in the year for us, where an amazing variety of venues and projects give thanks to National Lottery players for the £30 million they raise each week for Good Causes.

For further information on the offer at RSPB Saltholme, including terms and conditions, visit