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Chilterns Christmas Shopping tips and locally produced festive fun!

09 December 2021

Does Christmas shopping sometimes feel like a stressful trawl, the shopping centres in big towns heaving with people, or your eyes bleary from scrolling up and down Amazon and the big players’ websites on your tablet or smartphone? 

We recommend veering off the beaten track and shopping local in the Chilterns! You’ll find some unusual Christmas gifts, or locally produced Christmas food, a welcoming, friendly shopping experience, and plenty of local craft ales, gins and wines. Plus you can feel good knowing that you’re reducing your food miles, supporting local businesses who might have struggled in the pandemic, or even finding a gift that helps nature and the environment.

‘Dramatic’ change to Dunstable skyline

08 December 2021

A major power project has transformed views across the highest point in Bedfordshire to spectacular effect.

UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity across the East of England, has completed a major £2 million scheme to replace a section of overhead lines with underground cables at Dunstable Downs.

On land owned by the National Trust, the Dunstable Downs project has been supported by the Chilterns Conservation Board. The site attracts around 750,000 visitors a year.

The scheme saw the removal of two circuits of 33,000-volt overhead power lines across 4km, as well as the dismantling of the 23 towers supporting them, and installation of 4.5km of underground cables.

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.

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