The Sill: Making it happen

Supporting The Sill

The Sill will transform how people explore, understand, conserve and value landscape – and in doing so it has the power also to transform lives.

The total costs for The Sill - both capital and revenue over five years - will be £14.2 million. To date, more than £12 million has been secured towards the project’s capital and revenue costs. We are proud to say that The Sill has been awarded £7.75m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This is the biggest HLF grant ever awarded to a national park as well as the largest grant awarded in the North East region for many years..

However, to realise the incredible potential of The Sill and to build Britain’s first dedicated National Landscape Discovery Centre will require an additional £2.2 million.

Could you make your own lasting mark on the landscape by investing in something exceptional?

There are lots of ways you can help:

Please contact us to discuss your ideas or to find out more

Our supporters

This internationally important project is attracting growing support at all levels. Support from our Project Champions continues to help us drive it forward.

Sill appeal from polar explorer, Conrad Dickinson

Sill appeal from NNPA Chief Executive, Tony Gates

Sill appeal from Queen Elizabeth High School Pupils

Sill appeal from Simon Ainley, YHA

Project champions

Our Project Champions have particular interests in the unique landscapes of Northumberland National Park and beyond and the engagement and conservation activities to be delivered through The Sill.

Kathryn TickellKathryn Tickell


Conrad DickinsonConrad Dickinson

All of the elements of landscape, weather and the stories of the people that lived and worked there were part of my childhood and have been the inspiration for my music. I cannot think of a more inspirational place to take young people and look forward to sharing my own music with others at The Sill.
The Sill will become an emblematic location which will engage a wide selection of the population, encouraging them to explore the beauty of Northumberland National Park and transform how they engage with, experience and learn about landscapes and conservation. I particularly hope it stimulates young people to expand their horizons and engage in the wide variety of outdoor activities within the National Park. An opportunity like this only comes around once-in-a-generation and I support the project and its exciting ambitions 100 per cent. It is really important that people get behind The Sill, to help raise the vital funds needed to make it a reality.


There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the development of The Sill and other areas of the work of Northumberland National Park Authority. If you are interested to find out how you can help with protecting, conserving and helping visitors enjoy this unique landscape, why not find out more about our range of volunteering opportunities: contact us.

We need your support

To add your support, contact us or keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter and our e-newsletter. You can support us by volunteering, attending one of our events or making a donation towards our £2.2 million funding target.

To make an online donation to The Sill landscape discovery centre project, click the icon below.

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