Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is an exciting Lottery-funded project inspiring people to learn something new, get involved and take action as Chilterns Champions. Learn more about our projects below and volunteer with us.
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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.
We are looking for volunteers to get involved in our ancient routeways projects- researching, surveying and helping us uncover the mysteries of these routes and ditches! Find out more here.
Our first farmer cluster newsletter is available to read here.
Our August Newsletter is available to read here.
Our September Newsletter is available to read here.
Our October Newsletter is available to read here.
Tel: 07860 754112
Landowner Engagement Officer
Tel: 01844 355527
Community Heritage Officer
Tel: 01844 355527
Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Tel: 01844 355509
Land Management Officer
To find out more about the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership, click here.
For more information about our 18 detailed project plans click here.
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.