What the programme will pay for

The programme will pay for projects that, in the opinion of the Local Assessment Panel, provide value for money and meet at least one of the outcomes listed below under four themes.

Nature outcomes

  • There is a greater area of wildlife rich habitat
  • There is greater connectivity between habitats
  • Existing habitat is better managed for biodiversity
  • There is an increase in biodiversity

Climate outcomes

  • More carbon is stored and/or sequestered
  • Flood risk is reduced
  • Farmers, land managers and the public better understand what different habitats and land uses can store carbon and reduce carbon emissions
  • The landscape is more resilient to climate change

People outcomes

  • There are more opportunities for people to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There are more opportunities for more diverse audiences to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There is greater public engagement in land management, such as through volunteering
  • Farmers and land managers feel increasingly comfortable with providing public goods
Woodborough Hill taken from Milk Hill Vale of Pewsey, Dave Gray 2010

Place outcomes

  • The quality and character of the landscape is reinforced or enhanced
  • Historic structures and features are conserved, enhanced or interpreted more effectively
  • There is an increase in the resilience of nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses, which in turn contributes to a more thriving local economy

AONB Management Plan

Your project must also help to deliver at least one of the objectives of the North Wessex Downs AONB Management Plan which can be found at on our website here. The plan details eight themes; for each Key Issues, Strategic Objectives and Policies are presented. Applicants must demonstrate their project is contributing to the achievement of one or more of these.

We have identified the most relevant and significant priorities from the management plan to help you with decision making. There are a selection from each theme. These are not exhaustive and should only act as guidance. Where some duplication or overlap occurs across themes, only one is referenced to help avoid repetition and overcrowding and maintain a broad aspect.

Find these selected priorities here

Farming in Protected Landscapes - More Information

Further Enquiries

For all enquiries contact Rob West our Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer at RobertWest@northwessexdowns.org.uk

image credits: Wildflowers, Morgans Hill; Looking towards Ham; Walk route sign, Hungerford; Woodborough Hill, Dave Gray;
Mowing haylage towards Ladle Hill & Watership Down, Lord Carnarvon; Misty dawn from Adams Grave, Dave Gray; Barley, Ann Shepley