Farmland and woodland : a key part of the landscape of the North Wessex Downs.
Changes in these land uses have a major influence on the natural beauty of the area. Land-based enterprises play a significant role in acting as stewards of the landscape and contributing to an economic balance for communities. Additionally, equine activities and field sports are significant in terms of land use and management.
We are seeking to protect and enhance the following special qualities of land management in the North Wessex Downs:
Varied agricultural management and field patterns
Different types of woodland
Field sports, including highly valued game fishing.
The partnership encourages initiatives that facilitate sustainable land management. We support a network of advisors and projects that offer landscape scale advice to land manager and land owners.
The full range of issues and opportunities from sustainable woodland management are explored through the North Wessex Downs Woodland Forum.
Programmes such as LEADER and the Sustainable Development Fund encourage diverse and viable land-based enterprises that support the delivery of a wide range of public benefits and enhance the special qualities and features of the North Wessex Downs.