Chalk, Cherries & Chairs

Chalk, Cherries & Chairs

Logo of chalk, cherries and chairs projectChalk, Cherries and Chairs is a five-year project inspiring people to learn something new, get involved and take action as Chilterns Champions.

Chalk, Cherries & Chairs is an ambitious scheme which aims to connect people to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the central Chilterns.

The scheme weaves together three principal themes – local wildlife, local heritage and local people – within eighteen projects designed to engage people and celebrate the area, to protect and enhance the central Chilterns landscape.

All the projects share common threads, including volunteering, learning and skills acquisition for young people, including practical experience in historical research, traditional crafts, digital media communications and environmental conservation in practice. The scheme also provides small grants to encourage community initiatives and traineeships for young enthusiasts.

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About Chalk, Cherries & Chairs

The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs scheme was conceived to address the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns. These include: HS2, ancient woodland being sold off, wildlife habitats fragmenting through development, traditional orchards and hedgerows disappearing, and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape.

The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs scheme will leave an important legacy. We intend to establish improved conservation and land management, closer partnership working, improved skill-sets, motivated volunteers, and engaged and aware communities who care for the future of their heritage. Read more about our plans here.

We are looking for volunteers to get involved in our ancient routeways projects – researching, surveying and helping us uncover the mysteries of these routes and ditches!

Several projects are already underway, and many more are launching soon. If you want to follow our latest updates, register for our newsletter on the right, or head over to our Instagram or Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Chalk, Cherries & Chairs operates in the central Chilterns. See below for a map of our project area.

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The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs project area

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