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Sediment under Discussion by Southern Streams Farmer Cluster

Posted: Mar 25, 2019

The Southern Streams Farmer Group held its first working meeting and discussed erosion and sediment

Cover Crops - Six Year On

Posted: Mar 25, 2019

Tim Clarke reports from an event at Wexcombe Farm in February focussing on cover crops

Designated Landscapes Review

Posted: Mar 21, 2019

Dame Fiona Reynolds visited the AONB in January as part of the government review.

Future of Landscape and Farming in Focus at North Wessex Downs Annual Forum

Posted: Nov 29, 2018

Brexit and its possible effects on farming, landscapes & wildlife was the theme for our Forum this year.

Goring and Streatley - Accessible by Train

Posted: Sep 6, 2018

Fantastic new leaflet which helps more mobility impaired people to enjoy the countryside of the Goring Gap

The Rose of Hungerford

Posted: Aug 6, 2018

Call for volunteers - Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, Hungerford Branch

Wayfaring Update

Posted: Jul 18, 2018

Final Event: Sat 21st July - Fire Prevention Warning

Icknield Way

Posted: Jul 16, 2018

Watch our amazing video from Avebury to Basildon Park along the Icknield Way

Wildflowers for Hungerford Common

Posted: Apr 12, 2018

Work to encourage biodiversity continues

Job Vacancies and Jobs

Posted: Jan 17, 2018

Find out how to apply for a job with the AONB

Discover more about Savernake Forest

Posted: Dec 1, 2017

New factsheet added

New Signs Link Bishopstone to the Ridgeway

Posted: Nov 29, 2017

Launch event on 24 November

New Report Highlights Housing Threat to AONBs

Posted: Nov 17, 2017

The North Wessex Downs is one of the AONBs most affected

Free Advice for Owners of Ancient Woodland

Posted: Nov 15, 2017

Help available from the Woodland Trust

Photos from the 2017 Forum

Posted: Nov 13, 2017

See some of the highlights from the day.

Photo Competition

Posted: Oct 20, 2017

Winners Announced

Wild flowers for Hungerford Common

Posted: Oct 20, 2017

The work has started.

Marlborough Downs Space for Nature

Posted: Oct 20, 2017

Featured in the FT

Mosaic found at Boxford

Posted: Sep 27, 2017

A stunning roman mosaic was discovered recently in Berkshire.

Restoring Wild Flowers

Posted: Sep 25, 2017

 The Town and Manor is sowing wild flowers on Hungerford Common Port Down.

Annual Forum 2017

Posted: Sep 4, 2017

Wednesday 18 October Uffington Near Wantage  

Lifecycles and Landscapes

Posted: Sep 1, 2017

Major performance event planned for 2018

Woodland Event 2017

Posted: Aug 25, 2017

"Make your Woodland Work for You" The full report is now available.

Last Chance to Enter our Photo Competition

Posted: Aug 11, 2017

The deadline is 31 August.

New Video for Pewsey

Posted: Jul 21, 2017

Fabulous new video of Pewsey

Walks Leaflets

Posted: Jun 22, 2017

Collect the set.

Photography Competition

Posted: Jun 22, 2017

Round four is now open for entries.

Report on Woodland Event

Posted: May 30, 2017

Make you Woodland Work for You Event May 2017

New Book of Walks

Posted: Jul 25, 2016

The Kennet and Avon Canal - the full walk plus 20 shorter walks.

West Berks. DPD

Posted: Jul 8, 2016

The  Examination into the West Berkshire Development Plan Document continues this week.

TOE2 -Small Grants for Recorders

Posted: Jun 17, 2016

A small grants scheme is launched for projects that improve the voluntary recording of species in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

TOE2 Funding Theme for 2016-2017 -Bumblebees

Posted: Jun 17, 2016

Trust for Oxfordshire TOE2would like to hear from projects that would benefit from grants to help the local bumblebee popopulation.

Harwell : Great News

Posted: Jun 9, 2016

Planning Inspector asks for  proposed housing sites to be deleted from local Plan to avoid harm to the AONB.

Archaeology and History in the North Wessex Downs

Posted: May 23, 2016

New website launched  to raise awareness of the historic elements of this special landscape.

Otter found poisoned near River Kennet

Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Action for the River Kennet have confirmed that the dead otter found near the river in Marlborough was killed by rat poison.

Vale of White Horse Local Plan Examination

Posted: Mar 30, 2016

The North Wessex Downs AONB continues to judge the plan unsound.

Icons of the North Wessex Downs

Posted: Mar 9, 2016

The 2016 touring exhibition of the Icons of the North Wessex Downs will be launched at the Queens Arms in East Garston Lambourn on Thursday 10 March from noon.

North Wessex Downs Heritage Forum

Posted: Mar 3, 2016

Discover more about the history of your countryside at our Heritage Forum.....

Promoting the restoration of wild plants.....

Posted: Mar 1, 2016

2016 Flora Locale new training programme is now available and bookings are currently being taken

Study finds one in nine children never visit the outdoors

Posted: Feb 12, 2016

A survey by Natural England finds that more than one in nine children in England have not set foot in a natural environment in the past year.

Historic Landscape Character

Posted: Jan 22, 2016

Tenders invited for web-based resources

TVERC Training Programme 2016

Posted: Jan 11, 2016

Would you like to volunteer to help survey habitats or species in Oxfordshire and Berkshire but lack the skills?

Save the Goring Gap

Posted: Jan 7, 2016

Sign the petition to protect our countryside.

Forestry Commission Advice

Posted: Jan 7, 2016

Pie and Pint sessions being held for foresters and woodland owners

Shock and Dismay as Permission is Granted for Solar Power Station in Protected Landscape.

Posted: Mar 23, 2015

Inspector reaches decision following public inquiry

Visual Impact provision project

Posted: Mar 4, 2015

Stakeholder Drop in Session at Pewsey Heritage Centre

National Plant Monitoring Scheme is launched

Posted: Mar 4, 2015

Volunteers are needed to help with annual "stock take".

Good news for Hungerford Common

Posted: Feb 20, 2015

SSE starts work on 3 March to bury the power lines on Hungerford Common.

Pewsey Pylons Public Event

Posted: Feb 20, 2015

Local community invited to join study on reducing the visual impact of the pylons across the  Pewsey Vale

See the white horses of the North Wessex Downs gallop into the digital age

Posted: Feb 18, 2015

Explore the white horses with a new website and phone apps at

Hedgerow Harvesting for Woodfuel Demo

Posted: Feb 18, 2015

The Organic Research Centre will be hosting a machinery trial at their farm in Suffolk next week - Weds 25th February

Qualify as a Landscape Ambassador

Posted: Jan 21, 2015

We have developed a new online tool called Landscape Ambassador Training and would like to invite you to take part.

Vote for Avebury in the Countryfile Awards

Posted: Jan 9, 2015

Avebury has been nominated in the competition to find "heritage site of the year"  in the BBC Countryfile  Awards

Developing Organic Principles & Best Practice

Posted: Jan 9, 2015

A new series of one -day seminars on organic food production and supply chains, will be run by the Organic Research Centre over the next two months.

Harwell Housing Threat

Posted: Dec 19, 2014

Building 1400 homes  at Harwell will cause long lasting harm to the North Wessex Downs AONB

Stonehenge Avebury Plan Open to Public Consultation

Posted: Dec 10, 2014

Management Plan  for both parts of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site - comments are welcome.

SDF Grant for new community orchard

Posted: Nov 19, 2014

Brightwell cum Sotwell Community Orchard will be planted later this month with help from a North Wessex Downs AONB SDF  grant.

Pewsey pylons identified by national programme to reduce visual impact of overhead lines

Posted: Nov 12, 2014

A section of overhead line in the North Wessex Downs AONB near Pewsey has been identified as having a significant landscape and visual impact in a study commissioned by National Grid.

North Wessex Downs Forum

Posted: Oct 22, 2014

Our  Annual forum was held on 15 October with the theme of "Water"

Housing on Brownfield Sites

Posted: Oct 13, 2014

Government advice is to focus on brownfield sites

Has the sun set on large scale solar PV schemes?

Posted: Oct 13, 2014

Latest news on Wroughton Airfield Solar farm proposals & Government consultation on the future funding of large solar farms.

Pond restoration and hedge laying workshop

Posted: Oct 10, 2014

Join the Marlborough Downs NIA workshops - Pond Restoration (21 Oct) & Hedge Management (11 Nov).

Annual Forum 2014 Announced

Posted: Sep 26, 2014

This year's annual forum is on 15 October and will be held in Lambourn . The theme is Water.

Public Inquiry - Wroughton

Posted: Sep 10, 2014

9 September - Start of Public Inquiry

Tour of Britain 2014

Posted: Sep 5, 2014

See the lead cyclists as they speed through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Stonebridge Lane Consultation

Posted: Jul 2, 2014

Consultation on the future of Stonebridge Meadow Marlborough

Wind Turbines refused

Posted: Jun 18, 2014

Planning permission refused for 28MW wind farm at Bullington Cross in Hampshire.

BBC Radio Berkshire

Posted: Jun 17, 2014

Radio Berkshire visits the Lambourn Valley

Solar Farm refused by Oxford Council

Posted: May 7, 2014

Charlbury solar farm plans refused by Oxfordshire council

Wroughton Solar Farm goes to Public Inquiry

Posted: Apr 9, 2014

The planning application for 150,000 solar panels at Wroughton will now be the subject of a public inquiry.

SDF now open

Posted: Apr 9, 2014

The North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund is now open for applications.

LEADER Consultation

Posted: Apr 9, 2014

The North Wessex Downs LEADER programme is currently developing its strategy for 2015-2020. Have your say  on what the priroties for the next phase should be.

Woodland Forum

Posted: Mar 13, 2014

Managing Hedges for Woodfuel.

Winging It!!

Posted: Jan 20, 2014

GWCT are 'Winging It' in February

Walking Wessex White Horses

Posted: Jan 16, 2014

North Wessex Downs fund Walking Wiltshire's White Horses to include the ancient Uffington White Horse.

ARK volunteering

Posted: Jan 8, 2014

ARK (Action for the River Kennet) are looking for volunteers to help.

December E-Bulletin

Posted: Dec 10, 2013

Our regular news update

Win a prize a day with Our Land!

Posted: Dec 10, 2013

Enter our Christmas Advent Calendar Competition.

Students Hard at Work in the North Wessex Downs

Posted: Dec 10, 2013

The Royal Agricultural University obtains funding from the Sustainable Development Fund for its ‘Students for Conservation’ project.

New Book Published

Posted: Oct 4, 2013

'The North Wessex Downs' - the most comprehensive account of the history, culture, landscape and peoples of our area.

See you at the Show!

Posted: Sep 20, 2013

Visit us on Stand 225, Avenue D at the Royal Berkshire Show

Love Your Landscape

Posted: Sep 18, 2013

North Wessex Downs leads the way with tourism initiative

Stonebridge Meadow

Posted: Sep 18, 2013

Sowing seeds of progress

Annual Review

Posted: Sep 18, 2013

A busy year in perspective

August E-Bulletin

Posted: Aug 16, 2013

Our regular news update.

Hungerford Town Plan

Posted: Aug 15, 2013

Not too much change please...

Stonebridge Meadow

Posted: Aug 15, 2013

Anger at Management of River Kennet recreation site

Solar farm project

Posted: Aug 8, 2013

Unprecedented solar farm project ‘strikes at the heart of a stunning landscape’


Posted: Jul 26, 2013

North Wessex Downs has its own beer..

AONBs investing locally

Posted: Jul 25, 2013

Government told that AONBs are key to local investment.

IUCN UK reaffirms the value of AONBs

Posted: Jul 25, 2013

Global recognition that AONBs lead agencies in protecting the UK’s landscapes.

July E-Bulletin

Posted: Jul 15, 2013

Special Edition - we are looking for new projects to fund.


Posted: Jun 13, 2013

Over £3 million injected into the local economy

Hungerford Town Centre User Survey

Posted: Jun 6, 2013

Help to promote Hungerford

June E-Bulletin

Posted: Jun 1, 2013

Our regular news update

PromotingTourism in the North Wessex Downs

Posted: May 20, 2013

LEADER grant for Tourism Businesses who ‘Love Your Landscape’

James Cracknell launches Race to the Stones

Posted: May 19, 2013

New Ridgeway Ultra-Marathon

Woodland site visits

Posted: May 15, 2013

B&Q Good Woods Project in the North Wessex Downs

Management Plan Review

Posted: May 9, 2013

Fill out a short online survey

Open Farm Sunday

Posted: Apr 19, 2013

Manor Farm near Avebury featured by Farmers Weekly

BeWILD Legacy Report

Posted: Mar 27, 2013

Ancient woodland management project report released

Walks with our Ancestors

Posted: Mar 19, 2013

Follow in the footsteps of over 5,000 years of human history

Future Proofing Your Tourism Business

Posted: Mar 18, 2013

Come to our tourism workshop