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AONB Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

Are you planning a project that will benefit the North Wessex Downs AONB and needs match funding?

The North Wessex Downs AONB SDF grant fund is open for applications. This small projects grant fund supports projects that bring environmental, social and economic benefits to the AONB.

The SDF is being delivered by the North Wessex Downs Landscape Trust on behalf of the AONB Partnership. If you think this grant fund might be able to support your project, please read the SDF Guidelines and complete an Expression of Interest form, provided on the North Wessex Downs AONB Website. If you would like further information, please contact the SDF Coordinator. 


Farming in Protected Landscapes

The Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme in the North Wessex Downs AONB is now open for enquiries.

Through the programme, farmers and land managers can be supported to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

The Programme will work alongside – not in competition with – Defra’s existing and new schemes, adding value where it is most needed.

For further information about the programme please visit the North Wessex Downs AONB website.


Mend the Gap - rail corridor enhancement programme

Funded by Network Rail, the vision of the Mend the Gap programme is that “The outstanding landscape that links the Chilterns and the North Wessex Downs will be enhanced and enriched for wildlife, residents and visitors, helping to heal and soften the scars left by electrification of the Great Western main line.”

The programme aims to deliver projects and schemes that will, in combination, help to reduce and compensate for the visual harm done to the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs AONBs by the electrification of the Great Western main line, where it runs through the two AONBs.

The programme area covers the railway corridor along a 20km stretch of line between the outskirts of Reading and Didcot and 3km either side of the line. For more information please click here.