Working across boundaries
We work to bring people together across boundaries – whether natural rivers or human-made councils – to manage and protect the landscape.
The world is full of ‘boundaries’. Some are natural, such as the course of a river or the deep cut of a valley. Others we have created ourselves, such as country and county lines, or council divisions. Whether you are planning a holiday or working out which council takes your bins each week, you will no doubt be faced by the myriad divisions in our landscape.
These divisions can both challenge us and provide us with great opportunities – individuals and organisations alike. The Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) works with the communities our different boundaries present, as well as across such boundaries, to bring people together to help enhance and protect the AONB.
The AONB boundary
Mend the Gap – a cross-boundary initiative
The boundary of the Chilterns AONB does not stop us working with partners outside the area to enhance both the protected zone and the area beyond. Our Mend the Gap programme, for example, works across the Chilterns and the North Wessex Downs AONBs to enhance areas that have been negatively impacted by the electrification of the Great Western Railway.
Towns, villages and urban boundaries
Chalk, Cherries and Chairs
Chalk, Cherries and Chairs is an ambitious five-year scheme that aims to connect local people to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns. It crosses boundaries and encourages participation from towns, villages and people on the doorstep of the AONB, as well as those living within it. No fewer than eighteen interweaving projects share common threads, including volunteering, learning and digital media. The scheme also provides small grants to encourage community initiatives.
Rough Around the Edges
With our Rough Around the Edges project, we are supporting community groups that need advice, training and resources to create, restore and improve habitat for wildlife in small, local spaces, such as community gardens, churchyards, allotments, ponds and meadows. We help with planning projects, recruiting and training volunteers, and buying materials and equipment. A small amount of funding is available to support the projects depending on the needs of each group.