Village leaders are hoping to have a village pub registered as an asset of community value.
Tring Rural Parish Council has applied to Dacorum Borough Council for The Half Moon in Wilstone to be added to the register, which will make it harder for the pub to ever be sold off into private hands.
Parish council chairman Michael Tomlinson said that there are no plans to sell the pub at the moment.
But he said the registration would give the community more of a say about what happens to it in the future.
He said: “It stops somebody from coming along and doing the dirty on us.”