The North Chilterns Landscape Initiative

Proposals are being worked up for ‘The North Chilterns Landscape initiative’.  Local interest is being gauged and there is a desire to get more community input to the emerging ideas for the initiative.

Local organisations are being invited to a consultation event on 24th July.

>>>Download the NCC Summary document June 2018<<<

Need and opportunity for the initiative

The Chilterns Conservation Board is the body set up by the government to conserve and enhance the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and promote public awareness and understanding of the area.

Together with local partners  (including local authorities, wildlife trusts, Natural England and other heritage and conservation organisations) proposals are being worked on for an ambitious community, wildlife and heritage initiative in the North Chilterns – ‘The North Chilterns Landscape initiative’.

The urban areas of Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis are surrounded by wonderful wildlife and nationally important Chilterns landscapes. Ancient trackways criss-cross the urban areas and link them to accessible countryside sites.  These sites and access routes potentially provide a major recreational and health and wellbeing resource for communities.

 Residents of the area consider the environment a high priority but only a relatively small proportion of people from Luton get out and enjoy the countryside or learn about local heritage.

 At the same, the countryside of the area is under enormous pressure.  Housing and infrastructure development, changes in land management and recreational pressures are putting the unique wildlife and heritage of the area at risk. There are a real need and opportunity for many more people to get involved with initiatives to conserve and enhance what is left. We think there is a huge opportunity here to bring people together to enjoy and engage with their local heritage. We believe the scheme we are working up can bring real benefits to local people and communities  - not least in terms of health and well-being, skills training and supporting cohesive communities  - as well as benefiting local wildlife and landscapes.

Consultation event details

Date and time:  2-4 pm Tuesday 24th July

Venue:   Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Hall Park,  Park Road North, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5FU

Booking:  Places are limited – please email  to reserve your place

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