The Chiltern Society cares for the Chilterns through its campaigning work and also through its practical work on conservation projects.
The charity has a growing number of conservation groups. Some work just on our own sites, others work on public land, such as commons, footpaths, woodland, streams and village ponds. Some work on weekends, others on week days. Some groups work on a regular day every fortnight/month, other groups work on a more irregular basis depending on the season and the tasks required. If you want to get involved and make a difference for the Chiltern countryside we have a group for you!
All volunteers are very welcome and you do not have to be a member of the Chiltern Society to do voluntary work with us, although many people do join the Chiltern Society later on, once they get to know our groups and see the good work we do in caring for the Chilterns. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to work with others to look after our beautiful countryside. You will need suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. Training will be provided and all volunteers are covered by our own insurance.
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Our montlhy email newsletter, eNews, often includes the coming month's timetable of volunteering work parties. If you do not already subscribe to Chiltern Society eNews, you can do so here.
In addition, we include the work parties of similar organisations in the Chilterns in our listings, after all, we are all working to care for the Chilterns. If you would like to go along to any of conservation work parties, please do call the leader before the date so they have an idea of the numbers and so that they can plan the appropriate tasks, tools and coffee cups! New volunteers are very welcome.
Chiltern Society Conservation Volunteer groups across the Chilterns
There is a wide range of jobs to suit all abilities: clearing scrub, thinning woodland, cutting back vegetation, keeping paths clear, replacing stiles, mending fences, putting in steps, counting sheep, counting butterflies, pulling ragwort, clearing ponds… enjoying the views. Each site is different: woodland, chalk grassland, heath, sunny glades, mixed scrub and lots of fresh air.
A listing of our groups in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire is shown below. If you would like to join any of our groups, please contact that group’s Coordinator or if you are not sure of the area or type of work, then please call our office on 01494 771250 and we will happily put you in touch with the right conservation group for you.
Some of the volunteers from our groups in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire also travel to do conservation work in Bedfordshire. The Chiltern Society also supports the workparties of the North Chilterns Chalk Partnership (NCCP). For information about the latest workparties see our NCCP page here.
Between West Wycombe and Stokenchurch, Bucks, is an ancient woodland and Local Nature Reserve of 35 acres. This Chiltern Society site is cared for by local volunteers whose workparty dates are shown in Bottom Wood's microsite here and in the Diary of events on our home page. New volunteers are welcome.
Brush Hill Nature Reserve
This large, part meadow, part wooded, Local Nature Reserve near Princes Risborough is a Chiltern Society site, cared for by local volunteers whose workparty dates are shown in Brush Hill's microsite here and in the Diary of events on our home page. New volunteers are welcome.
Near Chesham, Bucks. Regular conservation work takes place in these beech woods, which are in the care of the Chiltern Society.
Chesham Bois Group
This midweek group works in the Chesham and Great Missenden area, working on Chesham Bois Common and Hyde Heath Common, they also support the group at Captain's Wood, Chesham.
Central Chilterns Group
A weekend group which works on a variety of public land and Chiltern Society sites across the central Chilterns.
Central Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers (PMV)
This group works to improve access to the countryside for everyone. Their work ranges from the routine cutting back of nettles and brambles, and the heavier annual growth of trees and hedges; to the removal of fallen trees, waymarking, repair of stiles and the installation of kissing gates.
Marlow Common (North) Group
Just to the west of Marlow, Bucks is a 27 acre Local Nature Reserve comprising of 19th century oak and birch woodland. This Chiltern Society site is cared for by local volunteers whose workparty dates are shown in Marlow Common's microsite here and in the Diary of events on our home page. New volunteers are welcome.
Prestwood Local Nature Reserve
Near Prestwood, Bucks. This small Chiltern Society site is cared for by local volunteers whose workparty dates are shown in the Diary of events on our home page. New volunteers are welcome.
Wendover Woods Conservation Volunteers
A mid-week conservation group working at Wendover Woods and at other sites nearby; for example, Ford End Watermill at Ivinghoe. Visit this group's page (in this website) for more information, including workparty dates.
Hertfordshire Conservation Group
Midweek and weekend group working on public land in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and beyond. Working with a number of local conservation and ‘Friends of…’ groups to lend their expertise and skills to local conservation projects. Visit this group's page (in this website).
Ewelme Watercress Beds
Historic watercress beds and local nature reserve in Ewelme, Oxon. This Chiltern Society site is cared for by local volunteers whose workparty dates are shown in Ewelme Watercress Bed's microsite here and in the Diary of events on our home page. New volunteers are welcome.
South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers (PMV)
This group works on footpaths in South Oxfordshire, installing kissing gates in the place of stiles to improve access to the countryside and thereby create stile free circular walks for everyone to enjoy.