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Chalk, Cherries and Chairs - Landscape Partnership Scheme


Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is the coming together of diverse organisations and communities in the Central Chilterns to work towards a vision of:

“A healthy, resilient, connected landscape; with its unique natural, historical, and cultural heritage cherished by present and future generations.”

The name "Chalk, Cherries and Chairs" reflects the landscape, land use and industrial heritage of the Central Chilterns that the scheme focusses on. Led by the Chilterns Conservation Board, this major partnership will provide opportunities for people to get involved and volunteer; to increase and improve wildlife spaces; and for communities to learn, create and take action for heritage.

Hughenden park and church (credit Delphine Gimat)
Hughenden Park, a typical example of a Chilterns
Wooded Estate-land 
Credit: Delphine Gimat 
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Chinnor Hill, a typical example of a the Wooded Chalk Escarpment
Credit: John Morris  

Addressing challenges

Over the last 2 years, a development phase supported primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), has created a strong partnership of organisations – ranging from UK-wide charities to local community groups – united to help address the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns – HS2, ancient woodland being sold off, wildlife habitats fragmented through development, traditional orchards and hedgerows disappearing, and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape.

What happens now

  • The development phase of Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is now complete; an application has been made to the HLF for funds to deliver the scheme.
  • The outcome of the application will be known by January 2019
  • If successful, Chalk, Cherries and Chairs will start in spring 2019 with the recruitment of a team of delivery staff and will run for 5 years.
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Adonis Blue, a specialist chalk grassland
butterfly species
Credit: Allen Beechey  
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Sunken Lane up to Grangelands and Pulpit Hill
Credit: Tracey Adams   

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A Landscape Conservation Action Plan

A Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) will be the guiding document for the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme. It provides background to the landscape and its distinctive character, and brings together the research, consultation and planning that have taken place since 2016, under the leadership of the CCB.

Click here to see the Landscape Conservation Action Plan

Themes and Projects

The scheme will have three themes all relating to landscape; Wildlife, History and People & Communities and there will be 18 projects to deliver long-term, sustainable benefits to landscapes and communities.

Click here to see a summary of each of the projects planned 

Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Timeline 

To view a copy of the project timeline please click on the image below.

TIMELINE download

The area of the Scheme

The scheme will focus on the ancient wooded and farmed landscapes of the Central Chilterns, lying largely with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It covers 278 km2, following the Rivers Wye and Misbourne, and will link the towns of High Wycombe, Wendover, Amersham, Chalfont St Giles and Princes Risborough. See the map below:


 CCC Area

The development of this partnership scheme has been a major effort by many people over a long time, and the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs development team would like to thank everyone involved.

Jacky Akam, Nick Marriner and Sarah Close.

Hedgelaying - Nigel Adams, Countryside Management
Traditional Hedgelaying
Credit: Nigel Adams, Countryside Management
The demolition team Wye Dene Project - Allen Beechey 2018 
Engaging a new, younger audience with practical conservation tasks
Credit: Allen Beechey  

Glis glis Edible Dormouse Stefan Jacobs

Glis glis (Edible Dormouse) a major threat to trees and wildlife
of the Chilterns woodlands
Credit: Stefan Jacobs  

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Corn Bunting, a farmland bird in decline across the Chilterns
Credit: Roy McDonald   

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