Chalkscapes is an exciting new partnership project designed to inspire people to understand and care for the North Chilterns’ chalk landscape.
The project will deliver landscape-scale conservation and community engagement, giving urgent support to the wildlife, heritage and communities which face unprecedented and relentless levels of housing, infrastructure growth and environmental pressures.
A new Chalkscapes Partnership (see below) is now developing detailed plans for this five-year project thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other partners.
The development phase will run from January 2021 until November 2022, culminating in a funding proposal to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
If our funding proposal is successful, the Chalkscapes project is expected to run from summer 2023 until 2028.
Please download our project summary document.
Our ambitions for Chalkscapes:
- inspire communities in and around Luton and Dunstable to learn about, explore and love their local landscapes – strengthening communities through a sense of place
- involve many more people, from diverse communities, in caring for local heritage – contributing to a sense of wellbeing and belonging through experience of natural and cultural heritage
- forge strengthened partnerships across community and conservation interests, delivering mutual benefits for both
- create more wildlife-rich, resilient chalk landscapes and habitats, securing enthusiasm and commitment from land managers to collaborate on landscape scale conservation strategies over the long term
- develop, test and share learning and best practice from innovative approaches to chalk landscape management.
The Chalkscapes Projects
Wild Chalk is an ambitious landscape scale conservation and engagement project at the core of Chalkscape's delivery for wildlife and landscape.
Tales of the Chalk will be the arts project which brings stories of the land to life.
Chalkscapes Champions is the volunteering component of Chalkscapes, which will put people at the heart of the Chilterns landscape.
A project focusing on identifying, promoting and enhancing historic routeways, ecological corridors and key recreational routes linking the urban areas to the wider countryside in the Chalkscapes project area.
Why is Chalkscapes needed now?
Historic England and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty sign joint statement to conserve and celebrate iconic historic environment
England’s AONBs and Historic England have signed a joint statement outlining their ambition and intent to work together to conserve and enhance the historic and cultural environment of England’s 34 AONBs.
Buckinghamshire Council publishes hard-hitting report on pollution of the County’s rivers and chalk streams
Calling for urgent action to protect Buckinghamshire’s rivers and chalk streams, the report’s key conclusions include that the water industry is the single biggest contributor towards poor water quality in the region.