Mend the Gap

The Mend the Gap programme is enhancing the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs National Landscapes that have been negatively impacted by the electrification of the Great Western Railway around the Goring Gap.


So far we have:

  • planted nearly 2,000m of native hedging and trees
  • supported more than 20 local enhancement projects

To continue this work we need to make contact with landowners and communities in the programme area. We are particularly seeking to identify and support large landscape enhancement projects that will contribute towards meeting the programme’s overall vision of softening the scars left by the electrification of the Great Western mainline, by enhancing and enriching the outstanding landscape that links the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs for wildlife, residents and visitors.

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Where does the programme operate?

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.

Mend the Gap Project Officer job opportunity

Would you like to help support nature recovery and restoration in the Mend the Gap area? As part of our strategic plan Mend the Gap is funding a Project Officer role at Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). This is an exciting opportunity to help draw up conservation management plans, work with landowners and manage relevant contractors. To find out more and apply visit Mend the Gap Project Officer | Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (


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Our partners: Chilterns

The Chilterns is a landscape of remarkable beauty and character that possesses unique geological, ecological and cultural heritage features.
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Our partners: North Wessex Downs

The North Wessex Downs is a designated protected landscape covering an area of 668 square miles (1,730 square kilometres).