About

Lund Trust supports work that greens people's lives in the UK. We also give to other causes that our donors especially care about. Our Donor Board sets our strategy and makes all funding decisions. Since 2002, we have given more than £107m.

We make grants to improve the UK's environment.  We find issues to focus on and work to support through research by our staff and interns. You can read examples on the 'reports and research' page.

We want more and better green space in the UK. We also want people to use and protect green spaces.  We are most interested in work that changes the environment for the better, helps young people, and inspires others. You can find information about our current interests here.

Lund Trust is named for our founder Lisbet’s home city in south Sweden. Lund means a grove or copse in Swedish.

Lund Trust is funded by family trusts. It makes grants from a trust account with Charities Aid Foundation and from the Lund Philanthropic Trust, a charitable trust in Liechtenstein. 

Our work at Lund Trust complements our founder's other charitable fund, Arcadia. Arcadia is a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge.

Our grants

We are committed to transparency. We believe that with better information, grant-makers can make better decisions. We work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants awarded since 2021. 

Lund Trust has waived all copyright and related or neighbouring rights to our grant data, to the extent possible under law, by dedicating it to the public domain with the Creative Commons CC0 waiver. This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to use and share. 

Our grant data is available in xlsx format. 

People

Dr Lisbet Rausing

Founder and Donor Board

Lisbet did her BA at UC Berkeley and her PhD at Harvard University, where she was a lecturer and assistant professor in the history of science. Lisbet also supports family companies such as Ingleby Farms, a farming company. She is a trustee of the National Trust and the Ecological Restoration Fund. Outside boards and committees have included the Harvard Board of Overseers, Yad Hanadiv Advisory Committee and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Advisory Board.

Sigrid Koerner

Donor Board

Sigrid Koerner is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge and is currently a doctoral student in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. Her research addresses the intersection of visual arts and poetics in the late Middle Ages, with a particular focus on animated sculptures of Christ crucified. Sigrid is a visual artist and a graduate of City and Guilds of London Art School. She also has an active interest in regenerative farming.

Andrew Wright

Director of Lund Trust

Andrew leads on Lund Trust's strategy and grant-making. He previously worked for Cripplegate Foundation, a charitable trust in North London. Andrew has an MA in Aegean Archaeology and an MSc in Philanthropy, Grantmaking and Social Investment.

Olivia Dryden

Programme Officer

Olivia works with Andrew on Lund Trust's grant-making. She previously worked in project management and grant-making at the Royal Countryside Fund, Trees for Cities, and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Olivia has an MSc in International Development.

Ngoc Thuy Nguyen

Advisory Board

Ngoc Thuy Nguyen is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. Her current work focuses on strategies to improve the planning and management of green spaces to ensure they are inclusive and considerate of different communities’ needs. She is also interested in just energy transition. Thuy is exploring the potential of a co-design approach to design solutions that foster environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

Duncan Laird

Advisory Board

Duncan has worked in the private, public and now third sector leading sustainable change and complex programmes in urban areas for the benefit of people and the environment. He holds a Masters in environmental management, urban systems and is a chartered transport planner. He currently works for the National Trust, leading the urban strategy with the goal of improving access to nature, history and beauty in towns and cities.

Fergus Garrett

Advisory Board

Fergus is CEO and head gardener of Great Dixter Charitable Trust. He sits on various committees for The Royal Horticultural Society, is Garden Advisor for the RHS garden Wisley, is on the advisory panel for Derek Jarman’s Garden at Prospect Cottage Dungeness and is a member of the Green Garden Team in Hastings. He contributes to community projects, trains and advises gardeners from all over the world, and regularly lectures and writes on horticulture. Fergus was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal and the Victoria Medal of Honour for his services to horticulture and education.

Lucas Ruzo

Advisory Board

Lucas did his MSc at Imperial College in Conservation Science and participated in an incubator program for social enterprises at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen Zoo, a community interest company focused on rewilding, particularly in urban areas of the UK. Lucas is also a trustee for The Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services and runs a digital marketing and advertising business, supporting charities and brands to grow online.

Dr Simon Chaplin

Advisory Board

Simon is CEO of Arcadia, Lund’s sister charity. He was previously Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust and Director of Wellcome Collection. He is a biologist-turned-historian and has served on the boards of several research-focused organizations including Research Libraries UK, the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for the History of Natural History.

Dr George Morris

Advisory Board

George is a historian of modern Britain. He has been an AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and held visiting fellowships at the Library of Congress and the Huntington Library. He has written for publications including the New Statesman, the Literary Review and the TLS. He currently works as a Programme Officer at Arcadia, Lund’s sister charity.