Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has been given initial approval for a £2.8m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The money will be used to set up a special ‘Landscape Partnership’ aimed at protecting and improving the city’s unique ‘Sheffield Lakeland’ area.
A spokesperson for the Trust, said: “This landscape is an often forgotten part of the National Park and Sheffield but it is absolutely stunning and has some really important wildlife and fascinating local history.
“We are so pleased to have got through the initial stage of this national scheme. Landscapes are shaped by nature and people over hundreds of years, and so this project is about celebrating what we love and enjoy in this area now as well as looking after it for the future.
The project will deliver an exciting programme of activities across an area that stretches from the edge of the city to the moorland slopes of the Peak District or the ‘Sheffield Lakeland’, as it was called in the 1950s.
Aims of the project include, improving footpaths and reducing flood risk in the city as well as protecting rare bird species.
A spokesman for the Heritage Lottery Fund said: “Our historic landscapes are incredibly important to people’s wellbeing and need to be protected.”