Mend the Gap

The Mend the Gap Programme aims to enhance the areas of the Chilterns AONB and North Wessex Downs AONBs that have been negatively impacted by the electrification of the Great Western Railway around the Goring Gap.

Mend the Gap wants to make contact with landowners and communities in the programme area to develop enhancement projects. We are 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.

What to know more about what we are doing?

Check out our projects we have supported page above. We have supported over 16 local projects, planted over 990m of hedges and continue to develop new projects with the community. If you have an idea please email us.

Chilterns ANOB
Chilterns ANOB

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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Chilterns ANOB
Chilterns ANOB

Our partners: Chilterns AONB

The Chilterns AONB is a landscape of remarkable beauty and character that possesses unique geological, ecological and cultural heritage features.
Chilterns ANOB

Our partners: North Wessex Downs AONB

The North Wessex Downs AONB is a designated protected landscape and it is the third largest AONB in the country covering an area of 668 square miles (1,730 square kilometres).