About the project

About the project

Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is an ambitious landscape-scale scheme that aims to connect local people to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns.

The scheme operates under three themes – wildlife, heritage and people. A whole host of interweaving projects fall under these three themes, designed with the Chilterns’ landscape in mind and sharing common threads, such as volunteering, learning and digital media. The scheme also provides small grants to encourage community initiatives.

What is it all about?

Why is this important?

The Chalk, Cherries and Chairs scheme was conceived to address the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns: the development of HS2; the loss and fragmentation of ancient woodland and other wildlife habitats through development; the disappearance of traditional orchards and hedgerows; and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape.


What do we want to achieve?

The Chalk, Cherries and Chairs scheme will leave an important legacy. We are improving conservation and land management, establishing closer partnership working, improving skill-sets, motivating volunteers, and engaging communities to care for the future of their heritage.

Read about our plans

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Meet the team

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Andy Brock-Doyle

Role: Programme Manager (CCB Head of Operations)
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Anna Foster

Role: Project Manager
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Fran Crowther

Role: Assistant Project Manager
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Nick Marriner

Role: Landowner Engagement Officer
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Harriet Bennett

Role: Land Management Officer
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Dr Wendy Morrison

Role: Project Lead for Routes to the Past (CCB Heritage and Archaeology Manager)
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Steph Rodgers

Role: Community Ranger at Chiltern Rangers
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Helena Chance

Role: Project Lead for Heritage
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Katie Horgan

Role: Rough Around the Edges Project Officer
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Roz Currie

Role: Project Lead for Understanding the Chilterns

Our Partners

We are working with a number of organisations across the counties of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to address the challenges facing the Chilterns AONB. Our key delivery partners are listed below.



Our Funders

The scheme has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £2.4 million. We would like to thank them for their support, along with HS2 Community Environment Fund, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire Council.




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Get involved

Passionate about wildlife? We need your help! Interested in starting a community garden or heritage project? We could help you! Learn more about our volunteering and training opportunities.
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Enjoy our free online training, conference recordings, music videos, as well as project progress updates!