New research into the future management of commons and other areas of green open space was presented and discussed at this conference in April 2015. We questioned whether it was now time to change our attitude to lowland commons, what their relevance was in the 21st century and asked how they could best be utilised.
The research papers contain some inspirational ideas on options for new uses include as sites for outdoor education for all ages, as natural playgrounds and venues for a wide range of recreational activities, as important habitat for our wildlife in a time of changing climate, all of which can happen while creating (non-statutory) green-belt within urban areas and around rural settlements.
New research into the history of Chiltern commons was presented at this one-day conference on Saturday 24 January 2015. See the History project page for speakers' presentations and to download the publication.
Following a competition requesting entries from amateur artists inspired by local commons, 36 selected entries were on public display in an exhibition at Arts4every1 in High Wycombe in autumn 2014. See this special page for more information.
On Sunday 9 June 2013, we turned the Chiltern Open Air Museum into a common for the day. See this special page for more information.
In 2012 we held a one day seminar about commons in the historic environment of the Chiltern landscape on Saturday 28 January at Green Park in Aston Clinton. This successful event proved very popular. The speakers' presentations are available on the History project page.