Groups join forces in a bid to protect the countryside
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.