Thursday 23 October 2014
After 5 years of negotiations with Bucks County Council, the Chiltern Society has contracted to take on the long term management of five nature reserves and heritage sites in the Chilterns from Buckinghamshire County Council.
The five sites are:
Whiteleaf Hill near Princes Risborough, Captain’s Wood near Chesham, part of Cholesbury Camp, Cobblers’ Pits near Wendover, Hampden Monument near Prestwood
In 2012 the Chiltern Society took on the care of three nature reserves from Wycombe District Council, and with these five additional heritage sites, woodland and nature reserves from Bucks County Council, this means that the Chiltern Society now has 11 Chilterns sites, in addition to the conservation work it does on other public land such as commons, streams and footpaths.
Each of these sites offers opportunities to promote the Society and its goals, to put in place site-specific information and, where possible, new permissive paths to allow self-guided access. In addition the Society is looking forward to working with other community groups including schools, scouts and guides and other environmental groups to develop local involvement and enjoyment of each place.
There are already conservation teams working at some of the sites and there are plans to set up groups to look after the others. If you would like to get involved or know anyone who would like to volunteer please contact Geoff Wiggett, Volunteer Coordinator 01442 875906.
To support these new sites in the initial phase, the Society has set up a “Special Places Fund” - an appeal to raise £20,000 to fund the training and initial equipment to set up more conservation teams to help with the management of these special places, or to fund visitor information boards at each site. If you would like to support this, donations can be made via the Donations page on the Society's website: http://www.chilternsociety.org.uk/support-donate.php
Find out more about the sites and see photos of them here.