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Project finale

Tuesday 14 July 2015

The Chilterns Commons Project was brought to a close at the Conservation Board’s annual Commons Day today.   

In the morning, 70 delegates braved the wind and rain for a guided site visit to the Five Knolls Scheduled Monument at nearby Dunstable Downs.  The restoration work here in 2013 was the most complex and most expensive single project funded by the Commons Project.  Local experts involved with the restoration work spoke about the archaeological and topographic surveys, the botanical and Lepidoptera surveys, and the practical work, including the lengthy process of getting permissions. 

Delegates then returned to the local hall to hear an evaluation report given by the project officer, Rachel Sanderson, who set out actual delivery achieved against targets.  Lunch followed a question and answer session.  

In the afternoon, everyone walked up to Totternhoe Knolls for another guided site visit.  Talks here were again about the common’s history, species surveys initiated, and practical work funded by the project. 

As the project was launched on this common, it was fitting for it to be brought to a close here with a vote of thanks to the project’s landowner partners and funding partners by Ian Reay, the Chairman of the Chilterns Conservation Board, a vote of thanks to the volunteers involved, and a statement of our objectives for maintaining the momentum in the future.

For more information about our work on commons, contact Kath Daly kdaly@chilternsaonb.org

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