Since the introduction of the scheme via Chiltern magazine in 2005, the generosity of donors has enabled the installation of well over 300 gates.
This has improved both access and safety for all users at a variety of locations throughout the central Chilterns area (see map below). If you would like to donate a gate, there is a link to the necessary application form at the bottom of this page.
To acknowledge donors' help, a donated gate can be fitted with a plaque including inscriptions, for example the name of the donor and the date of the donation. Short memorial or special event inscriptions may also be included.
Point at the map below to see more detail about the number of gates installed in this scheme:
The success of the Donate-a-Gate scheme has only been possible as a result of close co-operation between Chiltern Society Path Maintenance Volunteers (Central Chilterns) who carry out the installations, and Bucks County Council Rights of Way, who identify potential locations for the gates and contact landowners to obtain their agreement.
Donate-a-Gate installation work is carried out by our Path Maintenance Volunteers at the request of the County Council Rights of Way Officers and is intended improve access for all users. The scheme is particularly intended for those who find stiles difficult to cope with and some of the gates we install are specifically designed for use with mobility vehicles.
As a consequence of donor generosity, giftaid claimed by the Chiltern Society and which has been re-invested in the scheme, has enabled us to install more than 50 additional gates.
These gates, which can be identified by their inclusion of a giftaid plaque in recognition of the donors, are located primarily on major 'promoted' routes and where they can help further develop more local stile-free walks.
Please contact the Chiltern Society office on 01494 771250, or use the Donate-a-Gate application form (left-click to load in your browser, or right-click to download to your computer).
Please print out the application form, complete it and return it as described in the form. Thank you.