'Engaging, conserving and empowering the communities, landscape and heritage of the Central Chilterns.'
Chalk, Cherries & Chairs is an ambitious five-year scheme which aims to connect local people to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns. The scheme operates under three themes - wildlife, heritage and people - but the projects which fall under these three themes are all designed with the Chilterns landscape in mind. No less than eighteen interweaving projects share common threads, including volunteering, learning and digital media. the scheme will also provide small grants to encourage community initiatives.
The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs scheme was conceived to address the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns. These include: HS2, ancient woodland being sold off, wildlife habitats fragmenting through development, traditional orchards and hedgerows disappearing, and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape.
The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs scheme will leave an important legacy. We intend to establish improved conservation and land management, closer partnership working, improved skill-sets, motivated volunteers, and engaged and aware communities who care for the future of their heritage. Read more about our plans here.
Several projects are already underway, and many more are launching soon. If you want to follow our latest updates, head over to our Instagram or Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. You can also keep up to date with new developments, volunteering opportunities and special events by signing up to our monthly newsletter here:
As part of the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs project, Amersham Museum, in partnership with Wycombe Museum, is delivering a schools project for KS2. This project is called Understanding the Central Chilterns and Amersham Museum is looking for an experienced education consultant to develop and deliver the project.
To find out more about the brief and how to apply click here . Deadline for applications is 30th August.
We are working with over 70 organisations across the counties of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to address the challenges facing the Chilterns AONB.
The scheme has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £2.4 million. We would like to thank them for their support, along with HS2 Community Environment Fund, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
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