With our partners, stakeholders and friends, we find ways to protect, enhance and promote the natural beauty of the AONB.
The Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) is the driving force responsible for ensuring that the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is protected as it should be. The CCB is an independent, statutory body established by Parliamentary Order in July 2004. The purpose of the CCB is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB, as well as to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities.
The Board has 27 members, all drawn from local communities, and who do not represent any other organisation. Working together and with the support of a small team of staff, the Board is responsible for the formation of the CCB’s strategies and policies, and have responsibility for the actions of the CCB. We are a partnership ourselves, but we also strive to find new partnerships and new ways of working to engage stakeholders and the public in the protection of the Chilterns AONB.
Green recovery – a challenge faced together
The CCB and The Chiltern Society are working together to deliver the exciting new initiative, Chalk streams and wetland meadows: guarding the irreplaceable for people and nature. A grant has been awarded to the project from the government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The money will fund a suite of schemes developed by the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project (of which the CCB and The Chiltern Society are major partners) focusing on the precious chalk stream and wetland habitats of the Chilterns AONB. The work will combine practical restoration and enhancement with education and engagement.
Liaising with landowners
Farming in Protected Landscapes – helping landowners to support nature’s recovery
Defra’s Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is running from July 2021 to March 2024. It helps farmers and land managers to carry out projects that support nature’s recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and provide opportunities for people to discover and enjoy their landscape and heritage; and, in the process, it supports sustainable farm businesses.
Working on a landscape-scale
Chalkscapes – conservation that spans a landscape
Chalkscapes is an exciting new partnership project designed to inspire people to understand, care for and take action for the precious North Chilterns chalk landscape. The project will deliver landscape-scale conservation and community engagement, giving urgent support to the wildlife, heritage and communities that face unprecedented levels of development, infrastructure growth, and environmental pressures.