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Landscape Partnership Scheme

What is a Landscape Partnership Scheme?HLF logo

A Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) is a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) initiative to support heritage, people and communities. A Landscape Partnership scheme is made up of individual projects, often grouped under themes, within a defined landscape character area.  For more information, please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme page.

Beacon Hill cropped (credit Richard Gillin) cko_20ggs_037 Cherry blossom Greys Green Clive Ormonde   turning chair leg (Chris Smith) 


What is "Chalk, Cherries and Chairs"? Traditional chairs

We are working on a major Landscape Partnership Scheme to help improve and look after wildlife, the Chilterns landscape and our local heritage.  Most importantly, we hope to inspire local people to get involved and feel more connected to the area - perhaps by forming a group to plant a community orchard, getting involved in art and theatre celebrating the landscape, or using their expertise on local heritage or wildlife to record what they see and encourage future positive management.   There will be many opportunities for people to have a role in protecting this beautiful area.  The name of the Scheme is "Chalk, Cherries and Chairs" to reflect the landscape, land use and industrial heritage of the Chilterns.


Project Summaryautumnal Hampden Woods (Peter Goodearl)

There will be three themes which will be made up of many projects to deliver long-lasting benefits to landscapes and communities.  The partners have created a plan to encourage people to get involved with protecting the Chilterns, increase volunteering and inspire people to investigate and celebrate local heritage.  For example, a major injection of conservation effort will leave a legacy of better connected, managed and more resilient wildlife habitats; land managers and volunteers will have the skills and understanding to care for a changing landscape; people will discover and map ancient track ways and walk in the footsteps of those that used them; and a strengthened partnership will ensure the legacy lasts.


The scheme aims to:

  • Restore, enhance and record wildlife habitats, landscape features and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns;
  • Create new opportunities for people to investigate and celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of the Chilterns, inspiring a wider range of people to become stewards for their local heritage; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of local communities to take action for their local landscapes and natural heritage.

What area will the project cover?

The project 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 264 km2, following the Rivers Wye and Misbourne, and will link the towns of High Wycombe, Wendover, Amersham, Chalfont St Giles and Princes Risborough.

Central Chilterns (5)

Map legend: 

Red line: Area of the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Project

Blue line: Boundary of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)

Who are the partners?

See partners page

Next steps

A development grant of £185,600 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable the Board to develop detailed plans which will be submitted to HLF in August 2018 and which will seek approval for the full grant of £2.18m.  An additional £605,000 in match funding will be secured to deliver the project.

The scheme is developing at pace. Following on from our survey, the team went on the road to run a series of public meetings to raise awareness of the projects and talk to local people to gain input and feedback. A huge thank you to all that took part in the survey and meetings. The strength of connection many people have to the Chilterns landscape came across and the challenge now is to engage people who haven't yet made that connection, through our suite of projects. These exciting projects are coming together, from exploring ancient routeways to uncovering the mystery of Grim's ditch and giving wildlife more space to interpreting the landscape through sound and arts.

Keep in touch…

Sign-up to the CCB e-newsletter to be kept informed on the LPS as it progresses (sign-up form on right).

To contact the team email ccc@chilternsaonb.org

(Photo credits: Richard Gillan, Clive Ormonde, Chris Smith, Peter Goodearl)


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