Introducing our new Head of Landscape, Dr. Kate Heppell
Last month, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Kate Heppell into her new role as Head of Landscape for the Chilterns Conservation Board. Kate has already made a huge impact on the work of the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, having been working for the River Chess Smarter Water Catchment Project whilst on secondment from Queen Mary University London.
We are so pleased to have Kate join the team on a permanent basis, where she will help shape and lead our strategic and operational work to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Chilterns landscape. We asked Kate to share a bit about herself and why she’s looking forward to making a difference, here’s what she said:
I’m delighted to be starting as Head of Landscape for Chilterns Conservation Board in July, and to applying the skills and knowledge that I’ve developed over my career to the protection and enhancement of the Chilterns landscape, at such a critical time of climate emergency and biodiversity loss. My recent secondment at Chilterns Conservation Board has given me invaluable insight into the work of the organisation, and has inspired me to want to help develop and deliver key nature recovery and climate change mitigation strategies, and to lead the landscapes team in their work to enhance and conserve the natural and historic environment of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We are aware of a further two sinkholes appearing in farmed fields between Sibley’s Coppice and Frith Hill.
Exciting plans are underway in the Mend the Gap programme area.