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Three generations of Batchelors – the rise and fall of a straw plaiting family

25 November 2021

The latest instalment from Woodlanders' Lives and Landscape tells the story of the Batchelor family and their involvement in the straw plait industry of the Chilterns.

The Lord Mayor, Leaf Cover and Charcoal Luck: A Hillfort Excavation at Seven Ways Plain, by Dr Wendy Morrison

25 November 2021

Here's an update from our Beacons from the Past Project Manager, archaeologist Dr Wendy Morrison, on her recent solo excavation of Seven Ways Plain Hillfort at Burnham Beeches. The excavation took place from Wednesday 27th October to Tuesday 2nd November. Read Wendy's article about the challenges of excavating in a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), a visit from the Lord Mayor of London, and more importantly, what she discovered. You can also watch the playlist of Wendy's video updates of the taken throughout the week.   

Trees, Hedgerows and Healthy Soils: Chilterns farmers tackling their Carbon Footprint

23 November 2021

COP26 just finished in Glasgow - the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference -  a crucial event for tackling the climate crisis.  Even after global leaders left, intense negotiations took place until 12th November to try to agree on the best measures to cut global carbon emissions, to keep global temperature rises to below 1.5 degrees C.

Zero waste shops in the Chilterns

15 November 2021

The zero-waste shopping movement has been dubbed ‘a quiet revolution.’ All over the UK, independent ‘refill shops’ have been popping up where you can bring your own storage containers and refill them. Check out our list of refill shops and businesses in the Chilterns.

Volunteering with the Chiltern Rangers - a young person's perspective

25 October 2021

Fantastic Chiltern Rangers volunteer Emily Neighbour, who is 16, has written a blog about her experience of turning up and volunteering for the Chiltern Rangers on a rainy day. Read on for an authentic taste of what it's like to be a young conservation volunteer, and how to get involved.



New chalk streams strategy launched to protect ‘England’s rain forests’

15 October 2021

Today saw the launch of the first Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy, published today by Catchment Based Approach’s (CaBA) Chalk Stream Restoration Group (CSRG). The strategy sets the future direction needed to protect and enhance England’s chalk streams. 

The Chilterns Conservation Board is part of the partnership that pulled together this strategy and its recommendations, working with the Environment Agency, Natural England, Defra, water companies and environmental organisations. 

Dadima's Monthly Walk and Talk Sundays in the Chilterns

13 October 2021

Hi, I'm Geeta, and I lead monthly guided walks in the Chilterns area. Alongside my academic job in education, I run a registered non-profit social enterprise called Dadima’s (translated, this is the Hindi noun for grandmothers).  

Chiltern Society gains two new recruits for the Chalk Streams and Wetland Meadows Project

12 October 2021

We’re delighted to announce that the Chiltern Society has been joined by two new recruits to work on our joint Chalk Streams and Wetland Meadows Project. Laura Silverstone is the new Education and Engagement Officer, and Adrian Porter is the new Rivers Officer. They are both looking forward to working with the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, the Chilterns Conservation Board, and other project partners.

A Constant Ramble by Matt Writtle: Walk #4: Bottom House Farm Lane to Penn (4.9 miles)

07 October 2021

It’s been two months since I ventured out to explore The Chiltern Way. I took a much-needed two-week holiday in August in beautiful Dorset, so decided to wait until September to continue on my ‘Constant Ramble’

Get ready for a Celebration of Chilterns Food and Drink this October!

05 October 2021

The Chilterns Walking Festival is back from 16-31 October - this year supplemented with an exciting local food and drink inspired theme!

The Autumn Celebration of Chilterns Food and Drink will include apple fayres, chutney making, cooking workshops, tours and tastings. You can enjoy local produce walks, farm shop visits, cafes and breweries and plenty of opportunities to sample local specialities. 


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