Tuesday 24 September 2013
The Chilterns countryside is nationally-protected for its beauty and tranquillity, but what’s the best way to care for it over the next five years? The Chilterns Conservation Board and many other local organisations have put together a draft plan which sets out all the issues facing our lovely area and proposes actions to help conserve it.
The Board needs everyone’s help to get the plan right and is inviting people to take a look at it and send in their comments. “You might be really concerned about flytipping, or blocked footpaths, or the impact of tree diseases on our woodlands, or ugly developments being built in the countryside,” says Claire Forrest, Information Officer at the Conservation Board. “Tell us what concerns you and what you think needs to be done to tackle it.”
The new plan covers a huge range of issues from conserving rare local wildlife to looking after the special character of Chilterns villages and helping local businesses to thrive. By law a plan has to be produced every five years to guide the management of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. “Even without this statutory requirement there are very good reasons for producing a plan,” says Mike Fox, Chairman of the Chilterns Conservation Board. “The plan is a collective expression of the wishes and interests of everyone who cares for our lovely countryside and it’s only with this input that it is truly a plan for the whole of the Chilterns.”
The Chilterns Management Plan 2014-2019 can be viewed at www.chilternsaonb.org/management-plan. Comments must be sent by 13th December 2013.