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Commons have been at the heart of our communities since Medieval times and these days they're great places to explore and enjoy.

There are 170 commons in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ranging from strips of grass verge to rolling hectares of wildflower-rich grassland and woodland.  To find your nearest common, see our interactive map.

Commons play a valuable role in the natural and cultural heritage of the Chilterns. They’re incredibly important wildlife habitats, brilliant natural playgrounds and contain centuries of local history within them.

Between 2011-2015 the Chilterns Conservation Board ran a Heritage Lottery funded project, the Chilterns Commons Project.  The project encouraged people to make the most of commons for walking, playing and enjoying the outdoors. It inspired and enabled people to get involved with caring for commons and studying them - if we don't there's the danger that we'll lose these precious landscapes for good.


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Naphill Common by John Morris


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