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Big Butterfly Count

25 July 2017

If you’re looking for a summer holiday activity, what better way to get out into the countryside, learn about nature and help protect butterflies.

Celebrating outstanding design with the 2017 Buildings Design Awards Winners

26 June 2017

Award winners       Vineyards

On Thursday 15 June we were delighted to welcome the winners and runners-up of the 2017 Chilterns Buildings Design Awards to a presentation event hosted in the beautiful surroundings of our winner, the Hundred Hills Vineyard in the Stonor Valley, South Oxfordshire.

The awards were presented jointly by Sue Holden, the Chilterns Conservation Board’s Chief Officer, and David Harris, Chairman of the Chiltern Society. Afterwards we were treated to a tour of the vineyard on a beautiful summer’s afternoon. 

The Chilterns Buildings Design Awards were set up nineteen years ago to celebrate and showcase outstanding buildings in the Chilterns. A panel of 6 expert judges looked for how buildings contributed to the local distinctiveness of the Chilterns and enhanced the natural beauty of the area, by for instance using traditional vernacular building materials. 2017 saw a fantastic number of high-quality entries and we hope to build on this in future years.


Winner: The Winery at the One Hundred Hills Vineyard, Stonor Valley

Hundred Hills Vineyard

Owners – Stephen & Fiona Duckett
Architect – Ian Brown, Nichols Brown Webber LLP
Builder – Kingerlee Ltd, Kidlington, Oxon

Highly Commended: House 19, Amersham

House 19 - front elevation

Owners – Heinz and Jenny Richardson
Architect – Heinz Richardson,  Jestico + Whiles, London
Builder – Stephen Kramer, SK (London) Contracts Management, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts

Commended: The Old Sawmill, Parmoor, Frieth

The Old Sawmill

Conversion of a Victorian Sawmill into a Passivhaus

Owner – Nick and Wendy Sargent Skillbond Ltd
Architect – Roger Danks, Danks Badnell Architects Ltd, Windsor
Project Manager – Skillbond Ltd, Fawley Green, Henley

Commended: The John Turner Building, Shiplake College

John Turner

New build art, music, resource centre

Headmaster – Gregg Davies
Architect – Mark Webber, Nichols Brown Webber LLP
Builder – Bryan Doyle, Edgar Taylor, Buckingham

For more information on the awards, click here.

Chilterns Conservation Board responds to UK Airspace Policy Consultation

26 May 2017

The CCB has responded to the UK Airspace Policy Consultation stressing the importance of protected landscapes and the need for tranquility for human and wildlife health.

5 half-term ideas this May!

24 May 2017

Lots of ideas for exploring the Chilterns this half-term!


Fantastic result for 2017 Chilterns Buildings Design Awards

10 May 2017

Outstanding building design in the Chilterns area has been recognised in this year’s Buildings Design Awards with the Hundred Hills Vineyard in Stonor Valley being the overall winner!


Bluebells this bank holiday!

27 April 2017

Stunning displays of bluebells in our ancient woodland!

HS2 Royal Assent

23 February 2017

Disappointment, but CCB seeks exemplar design for HS2 through the Chilterns

5 half-term ideas this February!

09 February 2017

1. Blow off the cobwebs with a family walk or cycle trail

Try out the Phoenix trail, for example, from Thame to Princes Risborough.  This disused railway line is a great way to see the countryside, with views of the Chiltern Hills.  Walk or cycle the 6 miles between Thame and Princes Risborough and look out for artworks along the way.  This route is suitable for all the family with good access for all.  There are over 2000kms of rights of way through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – find a walk or ride near you!

2. Museums galore!

Think museums are stuffy? Think again!  This half-term, kids of all ages are spoilt for choice with activities ranging from space activities to mosaics, the Clangers to Revolting Rhymes! See our things to do page for links to museums in the Chilterns area.

3. Make a nest box

From 14-21 February it is the 20th National Nest Box Week which helps to support breeding birds and wildlife.  There are instructions on the British Trust for Ornithology website for making nest boxes.  You could even learn to “build a bird box” at the Earth Trust or join in with one of the other events.   If that’s not for you, how about trying to identify the birds you can see in your garden or in the Chiltern Hills.

4. Meet the animals!

There are lots of opportunities to see animals up close in the area.  With zoos, farms and rescue centres where you can see horses, goats, farm animals and the more exotic, there are lots of ideas on our website here.  Or you could head out into the countryside and look out for birds, bugs and other wildlife and record what you have seen.

5. Fly a kite at Dunstable Downs

Nothing beats the feeling of flying a kite on a windy day and Dunstable Downs is one of the best places in the country for kite flying!  Bring your own, or head to the shop where they sell a wide range.  This is one of many National Trust sites in the Chilterns, many of which are running half-term activities. 

We have loads more ideas for exploring on our things to do page.   

Restoring the River Bulbourne

27 January 2017

Bulbourne at Box MoorA major project to restore a section of the R. Bulbourne in Hertfordshire has just been completed by the Environment Agency and partners.

2017 Buildings Design Awards

18 January 2017

We are delighted to announce that the annual Chilterns Buildings Design Awards are open for applications!

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