Friday 7 November 2014
100 attendees from national conservation bodies, voluntary groups, local authorities, parishes and businesses heard about the latest projects to conserve and promote the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the Annual Chilterns Forum today.
The Forum is organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board which reported on its recent and current work. The Rt. Hon Cheryl Gillan MP addressed the Forum as did David Harris, Chairman of the Chiltern Society. Staff from the Board reported on current projects such as the Box Woodland Project and Commons Project, both Lottery-funded, which are doing a lot of work with the help of volunteers to conserve valuable habitats and to promote the rich history of box woodland and commons. Other positive news is an increase in monitoring of the health of local chalk streams by special volunteer groups and a very successful range of events to help the public enjoy and understand the Chilterns countryside and its wildlife.
The event was held at the Kings Church in Amersham and about 20 people enjoyed a guided walk in the Chess Valley near Latimer in the afternoon following the morning conference.
You can read the Board's Annual Review for 2013-14 here.