The Limestone Link footpath runs for 36 miles within and between the Mendip Hills AONB and the Cotswolds National Landscape, where people can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of limestone hills, valleys and villages. But it’s not just people who benefit from access to these landscapes: we need large, connected areas of habitat to enable wildlife to thrive and adapt to climate change.

Named after the footpath, the Limestone Link captures the ambition of improving the connectivity of the landscape between the Mendip Hills AONB and the Cotswolds National Landscape. Limestone Link also forms part of Big Chalk, a wider ambition to connect calcareous (chalk and limestone) landscapes across the whole of Southern England, from the South Coast to the Midlands.

Today we have published a vision for the Limestone Link: to create a nature-rich landscape linking the limestone hills of the Mendip Hills AONB with the Cotswolds Scarp surrounding Bath. This landscape will enable wildlife to flourish and adapt to climate change by moving northwards to a new climate space, improve people’s access to and engagement with nature, and address the poor quality of river catchments in the region.

View the Limestone Link Vision

 

As a partnership collaboration, collaboration between partners, landholders and farmers in the area, and local communities will be key to the success of the Limestone Link. There are already a number of contributing projects in the region, and the next stage will involve increasing engagement with communities and landholders and identifying opportunities for investment in the area.

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