An outstanding idea for making the most of the Chilterns
SEPTEMBER has always been an outstanding month in our countryside with harvests being brought safely home, trees and meadows taking on their autumnal colours, skies offering a full palette of hues, musky bonfires lingering in the evening air and a more general welcoming calmness for visitors.
September this year, however, promises to be even more outstanding.
The UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have come together to organise a 10 day programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by the country’s AONBs and Chiltern AONB is among those taking part.
Starting on Saturday (September 19) and continuing through to Sunday September 27, a list of all the events can be found on www. landscapesforlifeevents.org.uk. So far there are more than 80 and counting.
Jill Smith from the National Association for AONBs said: “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are some of the most beautiful and cherished landscapes in the UK.
“They are vibrant landscapes which offer a wealth of opportunities for everyone to enjoy them.
“They are Landscapes for Life in so many different ways.
“Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get involved and get out into our AONBs’ outstanding landscapes to enjoy country shows, dark sky discovery nights, walking festivals, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging and local food festivals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and music and many, many other activities.
“Events are being organised throughout the country so please join us for an Outstanding Week.”
As part of the event Lacey Green Windmill near Princes Risborough will be holding open afternoons on the next two Sundays, september 20 and 27.
Go along and visit the oldest smock mill in the country, restored by the Chiltern Society over many years.
You can see all the internal machinery and learn about the history of the mill and the major project to restore it undertaken by Society volunteers. You may even be lucky enough to see the sails turning.
Open between 2pm and 5pm both days, parking is available on Pink Road. Be aware access between floors in the Mill is by steep steps and ladders The event is organised by the Chiltern Society and costs £2 per adult and £1 per child.
On Saturday September 26 at 2.30pm, Amersham Museum will be holding the final Amersham Martyrs guided walk of the season.
The walks are led by guides in Tudor costume and tell the story of the six men and one woman from the town who were burnt to death for their beliefs 500 years ago.
The walk starts from the Amersham Museum – 49 High Street, Old Amersham – lasts about two hours 15 minutes and stops at various places of relevance to the story.
It includes a climb (taken slowly!) through the fields to the Martyrs Memorial. At each stop, visitors are told about life in Amersham in the early 16th century – food and drink, fairs and markets, work and clothing – as well as about the terrible events that took place.
There is no need to book – simply turn up, whatever the weather. £2.50 for adults, 50p for children (family tickets and combined museum entry/ walk tickets available).
Follow the events of Landscapes for Life on Twitter using the #outstandingweek or following @ naaonb & @aonbfamily for new events to enjoy each day.
The Lacey Green windmill in 2009