Lottery approves £2m grant for Bucks Chilterns

Monday 7 November 2016

A £2.18m grant to ‘Chalk, Cherries and Chairs’, the Central Chilterns Landscape Partnership Scheme, has been given initial approval¹ by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme², it was announced today.

The iconic chalk landscapes of the Central Chilterns area in Buckinghamshire are under enormous pressure - unprecedented housing and infrastructure growth; ancient woodlands divided up and sold off; wildlife habitats severed and fragmented; traditional orchards and wood pasture disappearing, ancient holloways neglected.

This Scheme aims to provide a major injection of conservation effort leaving a legacy of better connected and better managed wildlife habitats. Over 20 projects are under development within the Scheme, each of which will help to inspire people to investigate, celebrate and get involved in caring for the precious wildlife and landscapes of the central Chilterns between Wendover, Berkhamsted, Chesham, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough.

The area has a rich industrial heritage - famed for its cherry orchards, its brick and tile making and the world renowned Wycombe chair making industry. The Scheme will create lots of opportunities for people to investigate and celebrate these rural industries and to piece together how they have helped to shape the landscapes we know today.

An important theme of the work will be to help local communities become champions for their own local heritage and green spaces, with more people actively involved in volunteering and caring for treasured places in their neighbourhood.

“This Heritage Lottery Grant is fantastic news. We have over 30 organisations involved, all keen to work together. We will now be able to get on and create a series of projects which will have real impact in conserving and restoring the special wildlife and landscapes and traditional features of this area. Above all we’ll be involving local people in enjoying and understanding these special parts of the Chilterns, helping to care for them and becoming stewards of our irreplaceable landscapes. We are very grateful to National Lottery players for making this possible,” said Kath Daly, Countryside Officer at the Chilterns Conservation Board.

Over 30 organisations across the Chilterns, led by the Chilterns Conservation Board, have developed the ‘Chalk, Cherries and Chairs’ Scheme and will be involved in delivering it.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund said:

“Our historic landscapes are incredibly important to people’s wellbeing and need to be protected. Some of the landscapes we are funding today are in the most remote parts of the UK; others form an important backdrop to some of our largest cities.  What they all have in common is the potential to make people’s lives better, which is why they are so richly deserving of National Lottery money.”

A development grant of £185,600 has been awarded by HLF to enable the Central Chilterns Landscape Partnership Scheme to develop its plans and seek final approval for the full grant amount of £2.18m at a later date.


Vacancies - The Chilterns Conservation Board is recruiting for a Development Manager (deadline 12th December 2016) and a Development Officer (deadline 19th December 2016) to lead the development of the Scheme and submit a Stage 2 funding bid to HLF. Find out more..


¹ HLF’s Landscape Partnership (LP) programme operates a two-stage grant approval process.  Today’s announcement means that money has been set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the scheme. The applicant initially receives development funding, then progresses to the second round and submits a further, fully-developed application to secure the full award.  This early level of strong financial commitment means that Landscape Partnership projects can move forward with the assurance that funding for their scheme is in place provided that their final proposals fully meet the programme's criteria. 

² HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities.  Grants range from £100,000 up to £3m.  The next closing date for LP applications is May 2017. 

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery. For more information please contact: Katie Owen, HLF Press Office, on 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.


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