Wednesday 4 October 2017
There was a full house at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham last Tuesday to hear from Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust and author of "The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future". Guests heard Dame Fiona speak passionately about how the beauty of our environment can enhance lives and about the people throughout history who had fought hard to protect our special places for everyone's benefit.
The need to demonstrate economic value risks crowding out the importance of things that money can't buy and Dame Fiona made an impassioned plea for us all to protect those things that really matter and set out a vision for our environment, our society and our future. She spoke alongside Howard Davies, Chief Executive of the National Association of AONBs, and our Chief Officer, Sue Holden who outlined the value of protected landscapes like the Chilterns and called for action to protect them.
Guests had the chance to sample local produce from Auberge du Chocolat and Chiltern Icecream before the event and there was a well-attended book signing by Dame Fiona after the speeches.
It was an inspirational evening and we thank all those who attended and showed their support for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.