Would you like to have a say in how the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is managed now and for future generations? Please fill out our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FutureOfTheChilterns
About the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Stretching 70 km from Goring-on-Thames in the southwest to Hitchin in the northeast, the Chilterns AONB is a landscape defined by brick and flint houses, rolling hills and traditional hedgerows, pretty valleys and a steep chalk ridge from where dramatic views stretch miles across the four counties of the Chilterns and beyond. Nine rare, sparkling chalk streams wind their way through the valleys and at the tops of the hills ancient woodlands, hundreds of years old, complete the view.
This is an ancient land – with signs of human habitation dating back thousands of years, with farming of the valleys and escarpment starting in the stone age and continuing to this day. One of the oldest known trading routes in Great Britain, the Icknield Way, passes along the edge of the Chilterns and there are 22 known iron age hillforts scattered across the hills. There are also signs of the Chilterns’ more recent industrial past such as chalk quarries, sawpits and cherry orchards.
This special landscape was designated as an AONB in 1965, giving it the same status and protection in planning policy as a National Park. As the body responsible for looking after the Chilterns AONB we want to hear from you about what you think is important so that we can reflect this in our vision for the future of the Chilterns as we develop our plans to protect this special landscape over the next five years and beyond.
We need your help. Please fill out the survey and share it with residents, people who live nearby and visitors to the Chilterns so we can gather as many views as possible. Enter your email address for a chance to win £50 in vouchers from the Chiltern Brewery to spend on local produce.
Please also help us by sharing the survey on social media or putting up a poster. We really appreciate your help!