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Board celebrates 10th anniversary

Thursday 11 December 2014

On December 14th 2014 it will be 10 years since the Chilterns Conservation Board was established. This pioneering body was set up to conserve and promote the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is one of only two organisations in the country set up to look after an AONB (the other being the Cotswolds Conservation Board).

The Chilterns Conservation Board was established following the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in 2000 which gave the go-ahead for a new type of independent organisation, led by local people, to care for AONBs. The benefit to the Chilterns AONB of having its own independent body committed to protecting it long-term is summed by Chief Officer Steve Rodrick: “Having a Conservation Board means the Chilterns AONB has a powerful voice to fight for the best possible future for this protected landscape – for both the outstanding quality of its landscape and for the people who live and work here.”

What has the Board achieved in its first 10 years? Here are a few facts and figures:

  • Organised over 90 events on conservation, farming, planning, history and rights of way.
  • Supported 201 local projects with grants totalling £438,000.
  • Distributed over 730,000 information leaflets.
  • Handed out 32 awards for good building design.
  • Won over £0.5 million in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund for projects on commons, wildlife, history and box woodland.
  • Carried out 172 radio and TV interviews promoting the Chilterns.
  • Established the Chilterns Cycleway.
  • Won a national award for the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project.
  • And much, much more! 

The 27 members of the Board include councillors from every county, district and unitary authority across the Chilterns, as well as representatives of local parishes and members of the public.

In 2015 the Board will be leading the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Chilterns being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Find out more about the Conservation Board.

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