A re­fresh­ing way to raise funds

Chiltern Brew­ery’s spe­cial an­niver­sary beer raises hun­dreds for two con­ser­va­tion char­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - by Camilla Goodman camilla.goodman@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

BEER drinkers have made a £700 con­tri­bu­tion to pre­serv­ing the Chilterns coun­try­side sim­ply by en­joy­ing their tip­ple.

A spe­cial brew – Chiltern Dou­ble Fifty – was de­vel­oped by The Chiltern Brew­ery last au­tumn to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­saries of the con­ser­va­tion char­ity, the Chiltern So­ci­ety, and the Chilterns Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB).

Five pence of ev­ery pint sold was do­nated and split be­tween the two groups.

Last week, The Chiltern Brew­ery handed over cheques to­talling £700, the re­sults of nearly 14,000 pints be­ing downed.

Victoria Blane from the Chiltern So­ci­ety said: “We are very grate­ful that one of our own lo­cal brew­eries, The Chiltern Brew­ery, took the trou­ble to cre­ate this spe­cial brew, which ob­vi­ously proved very pop­u­lar with the pub­lic. The do­na­tion will help both or­gan­i­sa­tions in our on­go­ing mis­sions to con­serve and care for the Chilterns’ spe­cial land­scape.”

Claire Forrest of the Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board, which cares for the Chilterns AONB, said: “We’re de­lighted that this spe­cial beer has been so pop­u­lar and raised vi­tal funds to help us look af­ter the Chilterns coun­try­side – it’s a very re­fresh­ing way to cel­e­brate these land­mark an­niver­saries.”

Head Brewer at The Chiltern Brew­ery Tom Jenk­in­son said: “Chiltern Dou­ble Fifty has been a truly pop­u­lar brew and I think many lo­cals have em­braced the cel­e­bra­tory cause too.

“It was in fact so pop­u­lar that we made the de­ci­sion to brew it again in Jan­uary af­ter such high de­mand in the au­tumn. We were de­lighted to con­tinue our sup­port.”

The Chiltern So­ci­ety is the only reg­is­tered char­ity ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing all of the Chilterns’ unique land­scape.

It has 7,000 mem­bers and 500 vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly to main­tain and im­prove the Chilterns for the ben­e­fit of all. Over the last 50 years it has con­trib­uted 163,000 hours of vol­un­teer­ing, ac­quired and im­proved 12 im­por­tant na­ture re­serves and heritage sites and main­tained over 7,000 miles of foot­paths and cy­cle ways.

The Chiltern Hills have long been one of one of Eng­land’s most beau­ti­ful landscapes and in 1965 this was of­fi­cially recog­nised when 309 square miles of the Chilterns were des­ig­nated as an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty.

AONBs be­long to the same fam­ily as Na­tional Parks, rep­re­sent­ing some of the finest landscapes in the UK. The Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board is the pub­lic body re­spon­si­ble for pro­mot­ing and con­serv­ing the Chilterns AONB and worked closely with the Chiltern So­ci­ety to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­saries of both the AONB and the So­ci­ety last year. The Chiltern Brew­ery is the old­est in­de­pen­dent brew­ery in the area.

Do­na­tion: Tom Jenk­in­son, Vicky Blane, Claire Forrest

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