Widening the Welcome
Forging partnerships to create a more accessible and inclusive Chilterns
Last week we were delighted to organise an event at Missenden Abbey focussing specifically on how to make visiting the Chilterns more accessible and inclusive. Over 55 people from a cross section of organisations attended including those from the countryside and conservation sector such as the National Trust and BBOWT, visitor attractions such as the Roald Dahl Museum and Chilterns Open Air Museum, as well as farms, community groups and hospitality businesses. Together we shared learning and experiences, listened to presentations on a variety of access-based themes and were inspired by some of the fantastic work already taking place.
Centre for Outdoor Accessibility Training (COAT)
Video courtesy of Natural England.
Accessibility improvements at College Lake
Home to around 1,000 wildlife species, College Lake is a wonderful place to spot water birds, butterflies (and wasp spiders, as we discovered!) Now more people will be able to experience its beauty, thanks to two new tramper mobility vehicles (which can be borrowed by anyone visiting the reserve), 200 m2 of resurfaced path and the installation of several new, mobility scooter and buggy-friendly gates. The improvements have been made thanks to DEFRA’s Access for All funding to make our protected landscapes and wider countryside more accessible for people of all ages, abilities and needs.
Chilterns Conservation Board welcomes Government pledges to boost nature and people’s access to the countryside
The Government has announced a series of ambitious measures to further support and improve protected landscapes.
Following the success of the central Chilterns farmer cluster, we have developed a new farmer cluster in the Northern Chilterns.