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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Chilterns AONB newsletter.

We're making the most of the last few weeks of summer, so read on for some top tips and recipes for foraging the fruits of the Chilterns and check out our blog with some of our favourite outdoor café walks.

We've got some fantastic news for you about our successful bid with the Chiltern Society for a Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant. The grant will enable us to roll out a range of special projects to protect some of our rare and special chalk streams and wetland habitats.

You can read the briefing we issued to Chilterns MPs ahead of the Parliamentary debate on HS2, which was held last Monday 13 September. You can also read about the formal complaint we made to the Planning Inspectorate on an appeal decision in Oxfordshire.

Finally, our first ever Chilterns Celebration Summer Festival was buzzing. Read the write up below, as well as finding out about the exciting programme for the next exciting Chilterns Walking Festival which is back in October.

As always take care and have fun,

Vicki Pearce
Communications Officer



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Grab your boots the Chilterns Walking Festival is back!

The next  Chilterns Walking Festival will take place 16 – 31 October 2021, with another action-packed programme of 65+ guided walks and outdoor activities. Alongside challenging hikes you'll find many stile free walks, family friendly wildlife experiences and even toddler paced toddles  - everyone is welcome.
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Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant of £294,000 for chalk streams 

The Chiltern Society and Chilterns Conservation Board are delighted to have received a Government Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant of £294,000. The grant will fund and exciting range of projects that will help protect our rare chalk stream and wetland habitats in the Chilterns, as well as helping to connect more people to these special places.

The Chilterns Conservation Board supported the charities involved, such as the Chiltern Society and the Chiltern Rangers, to secure the funding, and will now work together with them to deliver the projects.
Credit Allen Beechey - The River Chess at Latimer, July 2020
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Foraging the fruits of the Chilterns

It’s late summer, when the hedgerows of the Chilterns are starting to burst into colour with berries and abundant fruit – you can see blackberries and elderberries, crab apples, damsons, rosehips and rowan. It’s a great time for foraging and who doesn’t love a handful of free fresh blackberries on their cereal or a juicy plum? 

We've put together a blog packed with recipes & tips for foraging in the Chilterns. 

We'd love to see your photos of your foraged fruit, foraging expeditions, or makes and bakes from your foraging finds. Email us and we will share the best pictures on social media!
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Our favourite outdoor café walks 

There’s nothing better than a walk in the countryside and the promise of home-baked cake or other delicious local produce at a café along the way! 

We've picked some of our favourite walks that are near to cafés with outdoor seating in beautiful locations. We're so excited that the Chilterns has such fantastic refuelling places for cyclists, horse-riders and walkers, or people just looking for a beautiful place for a cuppa. 
Read our top picks

HS2 Parliamentary debate 

On 13 September Parliament debated calls to stop HS2 & repeal the legislation. We issued a briefing to local MPs setting out the reasons why we believe HS2 should stop. 

We would like to thank all MPs who voiced their concerns, especially those pertinent to the Chilterns AONB. We agree that a full debate is now needed to address the increasing costs, increased environmental damage, lack of respect for local communities and a much-needed revised business case. We are also pleased that the minister agreed to answer in writing all the questions that he did not have time to address in the debate.

Missed the debate? You can read the transcript here

Read our briefing for MPs

Ferrets, food and free ice creams - festival fun with Chalk Cherries and Chairs

Despite a rainy start to the day, more than 600 people attended our summer festival Chilterns Celebration.

Read Lizzie's write up about ferret racing, lace making and woodturning fun...and free ice cream! Be sure to put the Chilterns Food Festival in your diary from 24th to 31st October - our next Chalk, Cherries and Chairs event for families, friends and foodies.
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Our formal complaint to the Planning Inspectorate gets a High Court Review

At the end of July, we were deeply concerned when the council made an appeal decision to approve the development of 133 assisted living homes on a greenfield site in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty, near the beautiful wooded Blackmore Lane in Sonning Common. 

Read about our concerns with this development, our complaint letter to the Planning Inspectorate, and how there is now a chance for a High Court Review.
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The Great Big Green Week

This September, the Climate Coalition is running The Great Big Green Week, a nationwide grassroots event, and the biggest climate change focussed event the UK has ever seen - in the run up to COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

We've listed events happening in the Chilterns, as well as online opportunities and volunteering opportunities. 

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