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Chalk, Cherries & Chairs

A precious landscape, fascinating heritage and full of opportunities, the Central Chilterns is a place to explore, conserve, protect and celebrate.

Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is an exciting Lottery-funded project inspiring people to learn something new, get involved and take action as Chilterns Champions. Learn more about our projects below and volunteer with us.

Latest news and resources

Read our latest news articles, blogs and fun activities below:

  • Try local recipes, enjoy local food and explore new places as part of our Autumn Food Festival! Event details here, with more to be confirmed!
  • Read our latest summer newsletter online here, with project updates and more information about our youth programme- Chilterns New Shoots
  • Bucks New University illustration students have been working hard to create the first sonic postcards of the Chilterns. Check them out on our Echoed Locations page, enjoy the sounds and their original artwork!
  • Did you see Rosemary and Alex on BBC Countryfile, talking about reviving the lace making tradition of the Chilterns? Catch up here, and get in touch with our project lead Helena Chance here.
  • A brand new family trail of Amersham has been launched (above!), check it out here and explore the old town and its fascinating history

About the Project

Chalk, Cherries & Chairs is an ambitious five-year scheme which aims to connect local people to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns. The scheme operates under three themes - wildlife, heritage and people - but the projects which fall under these three themes are all designed with the Chilterns landscape in mind. No less than eighteen interweaving projects share common threads, including volunteering, learning and digital media. The scheme will also provide small grants to encourage community initiatives. 

Why is this important?

The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs scheme was conceived to address the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns. These include: HS2, ancient woodland being sold off, wildlife habitats fragmenting through development, traditional orchards and hedgerows disappearing, and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape.

 

What do we want to achieve?

The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs scheme will leave an important legacy. We intend to establish improved conservation and land management, closer partnership working, improved skill-sets, motivated volunteers, and engaged and aware communities who care for the future of their heritage. Read more about our plans here.

 

How can you get involved or support us?

We are looking for volunteers to get involved in our ancient routeways projects- researching, surveying and helping us uncover the mysteries of these routes and ditches! Find out more here.

Several projects are already underway, and many more are launching soon. If you want to follow our latest updates, head over to our Instagram or Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

 

Newsletters:

Our first farmer cluster newsletter is available to read here.

Our August Newsletter is available to read here.

Our September Newsletter is available to read here.

Our October Newsletter is available to read here. 

Our Team

Lachlan Stuart

Project Manager

Tel: 07860 754112

Email: lstuart@chilternsaonb.org

 

Nick Marriner
Landowner Engagement Officer

Tel: 01844 355527

Email: nmarriner@chilternsaonb.org

 

Lizzie Krupa
Communications and Community Engagement Officer

Tel: 01844 355509

Email: lkrupa@chilternsaonb.org 

 

Harriet Bennett
Land Management Officer

Email: hbennett@chilternsaonb.org

 

 

Project Area

 

Key Documents

 

To find out more about the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership, click here.

For more information about our 18 detailed project plans click here.

 

Our Partners

We are working with over 70 organisations across the counties of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to address the challenges facing the Chilterns AONB.

 

   

 

Our Funders

The scheme has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £2.4 million. We would like to thank them for their support, along with HS2 Community Environment Fund, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.

 

 

 

                     

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