Groups join forces in a bid to pro­tect the coun­try­side

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

TWO groups have joined forces in or­der to make sure that the Chilterns coun­try­side is pro­tected and im­proved.

The Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board, a gov­ern­ment body set up to man­age the Chilterns Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty, and the Chiltern So­ci­ety, a char­ity run by vol­un­teers which main­tains wood­lands and her­itage sites in the area, have signed an agree­ment pledg­ing to work closer to­gether.

Both groups are cel­e­brat­ing their 50th an­niver­saries this year and, on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 5, signed the Chilterns Ac­cord, pledg­ing them to work to­gether on ini­tia­tives which will con­serve, pro­mote and en­hance the area’s coun­try­side and her­itage.

Ian Reay, the board’s chair­man, said: “In this yearof­spe­cialan­niver­saries for the Chilterns, it is very fit­ting the two main or­gan­i­sa­tions con­cerned with pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing this beau­ti­ful area have com­mit­ted to work­ing even more closely to­gether in the fu­ture. We greatly value our re­la­tion­ship with the Chiltern So­ci­ety and look for­ward to work­ing on many projects with them.”

Chiltern So­ci­ety chair­man David Harris said: “Both or­gan­i­sa­tions have the same ob­jec­tives in pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing the Chilterns.

“We have been work­ing in par­al­lel for 50 years, so it’s a log­i­cal move to work closer to­gether, par­tic­u­larly at a time when the Chilterns coun­try­side is un­der in­creas­ing threat from ma­jor new hous­ing devel­op­ments, the pro­posed HS2 rail­way and re­duced gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The two groups have worked to­gether in the past to co-spon­sor the an­nual Chilterns Build­ing De­sign Awards and ear­lier this year launched a spe­cial beer, the Chilterns Dou­ble Fifty, de­vel­oped by the Chiltern Brew­ery, in or­der to mark their joint golden an­niver­saries.

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