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What does it mean to be a 'Chilterns Champion'?

A Chilterns Champion could be anyone in the Chilterns, who has become an expert in their field, champions local wildlife, gives back to their community or inspires others.

There are many ways to be a Chilterns Champion. You could:

If you are interested in gaining new skillsmeeting new people and generally having a great time engaging with the landscape and heritage of the Central Chilterns, please sign up below to join our volunteer teams. You could be helping us plant a new hedge, survey wildlife, uncover lost histories, revive a craft and so much more. Our volunteers come from a range of interests and backgrounds – and we are truly amazed by their dedication and passion for the work they do!

What do our volunteers have to say?

What is the best thing about volunteering with the project? “Meeting others with an interest in the area and hearing the Buckinghamshire accent of my grandmother again after so many years. Finding so many related families in the villages near Chesham.”- Meriel, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project

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“The guidance and support offered by Helena and Lesley has been great and their feedback is so encouraging . Of equal benefit is being part of a bigger team. It is very pleasing to see some of my research published on the blog and know I am contributing to a long term project.” – Jane, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project

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What I’ve enjoyed and learned: “Finding about women’s craft and skills. I feel part of a skilled community doing original research. Little was known about the Chilterns tambour beaders’ businesses, yet it’s proved a strong story to tell. As I have Woodlanders amongst my ancestors, I was fascinated to learn more about their lives, understand how they fed their families, and to have the opportunity to handle the types of tools that they used” – Susan, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project

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“For me personally, it has fulfilled my great ambition of spreading knowledge about local bobbin lace and teaching younger people how to do it. Most of us who have this skill are getting on in years, and I really feel this is important.” – Rosemary, a volunteer with our Woodlanders’ Lives and Landscapes project

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Read more on our blog

Tracking the Impact – the results are in!

Our award-winning wildlife monitoring programme, Tracking the Impact, has published the results of its surveys from 2023. It was an incredible year in which 8,104 records were collected!

Our New Shoots scheme for young people helped Freddie follow his passion for the environment

Our New Shoots scheme gives young people experience in conservation. Freddie, one of our first New Shoots cohort, tells us what he’s been up to since...

Volunteers celebrated for their extraordinary work on heritage project

In October, volunteers with the Woodlanders' Lives and Landscapes project were invited to a celebration of their efforts over the past four years.

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Passionate about wildlife? We need your help! Interested in starting a community garden or heritage project? We could help you! Learn more about our volunteering and training opportunities.