Check out new Chilterns plan for next five years

Part of the Chilterns: Ivinghoe Beacon seen from the Ridgeway
Part of the Chilterns: Ivinghoe Beacon seen from the Ridgeway

A new plan from the Chilterns Conservation Board suggests how the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) should be cared for over the next five years.

It tackles issues including the threat of development and disease.

The conservation board has responsibility for protecting and promoting the Chilterns. It was put together with the help of many organisations and communities from the Dacorum area, including parish councils, wildlife trusts, the National Trust and the Chiltern Society.

Chairman Ian Reay said: “The plan is a collective expression of the interests and wishes of many individuals and organisations that care about the Chilterns and as such it is truly a plan for the whole AONB.”

The Chilterns AONB is a nationally-protected landscape, designated as one of the country’s finest areas of countryside along with 45 other AONBs and 15 National Parks.

Despite this national recognition it faces many pressures, especially from the plans for the High Speed 2 rail line which will slice through the middle of the AONB.

Plans for many new houses in towns around the edge of the Chilterns, the loss of traditional rural skills and the impacts of climate change are other examples of pressures the area faces.

A co-ordinated approach to keeping the Chilterns special in the face of these issues is more important than ever and this is what the new Management Plan for the Chilterns AONB provides.

Copies of the plan are available in libraries and can be downloaded from this website