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.

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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).