Commons History

Our Common Heritage

The Chilterns Commons Project has just published a collection of six essays on the rich social history of local commons, including their use by gypsies and drovers and how they became a refuge for religious dissenters.

Hedge Laying

Hedge Laying Courses

Learn the traditional art of hedge laying from expert hedge layers on this 2 day course. A great new challenge for the new year!



Board launches bursaries

The Chilterns Conservation Board has launched four new bursaries, available to anyone wanting to research a project of relevance to the Chilterns AONB. Worth up to £250 they cover costs such as travel and equipment.

Winter Wildlife

Winter wildlife in the woods

There is plenty to see if you keep your eyes and ears open - birds, deer and the very first signs of spring bulbs. Visit our winter wildlife page to watch and listen to some animals of the woods.

The Chilterns

An area of outstanding natural beauty

The Chiltern Hills stretch from the River Thames in Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and are nationally-protected as some of the finest countryside in the UK. They're a fantastic place to explore all year round.

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Latest Events

Hedge-laying course - novice/intermediate

starts 31 January 2015

A 2 day course at Goring Heath, between Pangbourne and Woodcote on the traditional skill of hedge-laying

Riverfly Day

Date: 7 February 2015

Light up your Half Term

starts 16 February 2015

Ashridge Spring Trail

starts 16 February 2015

Children's workshop: Time Travellers

Date: 18 February 2015

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