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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 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.


AONB Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

The North Wessex Downs AONB SDF grant fund is temporarily suspended while the processing system is being revised. If you have any queries, please contact the SDF Coordinator.