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Chalk, Cherries and Chairs - Landscape Partnership Scheme

TNLHLF_Colour_Logo_English_RGB_0_0Chalk, Cherries and Chairs - the largest ever conservation project in the Chilterns - is awarded National Lottery Funding

An ambitious project to restore and enhance the wildlife habitats, landscape features and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £2 million. The Chalk, Cherries & Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme, spearheaded by the Chilterns Conservation Board, will also work to educate and inspire communities to become protectors of their local heritage and landscapes.

Thanks to National Lottery players the five-year scheme will encourage people to connect and reconnect to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns through a number of individual but interweaving projects across three key themes: Wildlife & Landscape, Heritage & Landscape and People, Communities & Landscape. 

Chalk, Cherries and Chairs will bring together a wide range of diverse organisations and communities in the Central Chilterns to work towards a vision of:

“A healthy, resilient, connected landscape; with its unique natural, historical, and cultural heritage cherished by present and future generations.”

CCB are now recruiting a team of 5 staff with additional roles being created in partner organisations. For more details on the roles and how to apply please click here. 

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Hughenden park and church (credit Delphine Gimat)
Hughenden Park, a typical example of a Chilterns
Wooded Estate-land 
Credit: Delphine Gimat 
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Chinnor Hill, a typical example of a the Wooded Chalk Escarpment
Credit: John Morris  

Addressing challenges

Over the last 2 years, a development phase supported primarily by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has created a strong partnership of organisations – ranging from UK-wide charities to local community groups – united to help address the real and immediate challenges facing the Central Chilterns – HS2, ancient woodland being sold off, wildlife habitats fragmented through development, traditional orchards and hedgerows disappearing, and an increasing disconnect between people and their local landscape.


Our thanks go to the organisations, their representatives, and individuals who have been involved in the development of Chalk, Cherries and Chairs from the outset – a great example of the sector working on a landscape scale to celebrate all that the Central Chilterns has to offer. In particular, we would like to thank the Advisory Group members and lead partner organisations. In addition, our thanks go to all the people who have offered their considerable expertise and time in contributing to this Landscape Conservation Action Plan

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What happens now

  • The first phase of the project will focus on the recruitment of staff to form a delivery team who will deliver and oversee the delivery of Chalk, Cherries and Chairs.

  • CCB are now recruiting a team of 5 staff with additional roles being created in partner organisations. For more details on the roles and how to apply please click here

  • Projects will begin their delivery phase from the spring of 2019 and will be formally launched at a series of Festival style events and activities in the Autumn.

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Adonis Blue, a specialist chalk grassland
butterfly species
Credit: Allen Beechey  
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Sunken Lane up to Grangelands and Pulpit Hill
Credit: Tracey Adams   

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A Landscape Conservation Action Plan

A Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) will be the guiding document for the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme. It provides background to the landscape and its distinctive character, and brings together the research, consultation and planning that have taken place since 2016, under the leadership of the CCB.

Click here to see the Landscape Conservation Action Plan

Themes and Projects

The scheme will have three themes all relating to landscape; Wildlife, History and People & Communities and there will be 18 projects to deliver long-term, sustainable benefits to landscapes and communities.

Click here to see a summary of each of the projects planned 

Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Timeline 

To view a copy of the project timeline please click on the image below.

TIMELINE download

The area of the Scheme

The scheme will focus on the ancient wooded and farmed landscapes of the Central Chilterns, lying largely with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It covers 278 km2, following the Rivers Wye and Misbourne, and will link the towns of High Wycombe, Wendover, Amersham, Chalfont St Giles and Princes Risborough. See the map below:


 CCC Area

The development of this partnership scheme has been a major effort by many people over a long time, and the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs development team would like to thank everyone involved.

Jacky Akam, Nick Marriner and Sarah Close.

Hedgelaying - Nigel Adams, Countryside Management
Traditional Hedgelaying
Credit: Nigel Adams, Countryside Management
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Engaging a new, younger audience with practical conservation tasks
Credit: Allen Beechey  
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Glis glis (Edible Dormouse) a major threat to trees and wildlife
of the Chilterns woodlands
Credit: Stefan Jacobs  
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Corn Bunting, a farmland bird in decline across the Chilterns
Credit: Roy McDonald   

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