Since the introduction of the scheme via Chiltern magazine (issue 178) in December 2005, the generosity of donors has enabled the installation by Chiltern Society Path Maintenance Volunteers (PMV) of well over 400 gates.
This has improved both access and safety for all users at a variety of locations throughout the central Chilterns area (see map below). Details about how to donate a gate are at the bottom of this page.
Donated gates can be fitted with a plaque to include inscription which for example could include the name of the donor and the date of the donation. Short memorial or special event inscriptions can also be included - all inscriptions are subject to size and content.
Point at the map to see the number of gates by parish installed by the Central Chiltern Path Maintenance Volunteers.
The success of the Donate-a-Gate scheme has only been possible as a result of close co-operation between the Chiltern Society PMV and Bucks County Council Rights of Way, who identify potential locations for the gates and contact landowners to obtain their agreement.
Installation is carried out by our PMV at the request of Bucks CC Rights of Way Officers and is intended to improve access for all users particularly those who find stiles difficult to cope with. 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 see in your browser, or right-click to download to your device).
Please print out the application form, complete it and return it as described in the form. Thank you.