Monday 27 July 2015
After conserving habitats and historic features on 26 commons, running 43 training workshops, putting up 18 information boards, entertaining and educating 1400 people at a 'living history' event and getting 284 volunteers involved the Chilterns Commons Project is coming to an end.
The Project was a four-year, Heritage Lottery funded partnership project focussed on commons in the Chilterns region. Working with those who own and manage commons, the project not only restored habitats and historic features on commons and improved access but also ran a programme of public events and training workshops for volunteers, supported archaeological, species and geological surveys, worked on community arts projects with two different schools, produced seven self-guided walk leaflets and much more. The project was highly successful, achieving its aims while capturing the enthusiasm and imagination of people of all age groups across the Chilterns.
Rachel Sanderson, the outgoing Project Officer, commented: "You only have to look around the Chilterns and talk to those involved to realise the value of the project to the commons and to the people who are for, and are passionate about, them. With the continued support of the Commons Network, which originally conceived the project, the project's legacy is assured. I cannot hope for more."
The project's final report can be downloaded from our publications page.
There's more information and further resources on our commons pages.