Get involved with caring for the Chilterns, and meet new friends along the way…
Please see the Getting Involved form (600KB PDF. Left click to open in a new window. Right click to download), print it, provide your details and send it to us at the address shown at the bottom of the form.
For details about volunteering, the Chiltern Society Volunteer Handbook has lots of information (clicking this link will download a 1MB PDF to the default location for downloads on your device).
Leader wanted (HBLG)
Someone to lead the Society's long-standing Historic Buildings and Landscape group is wanted
The Society's Historic Buildings and Landscape group is well respected and influential and has the role of representing the Society on issues that affect the historic buildings, monuments and landscape of the Chilterns. Currently this includes advising on the impacts of HS2 but also, on an ongoing basis, giving specialist advice to the Society's Planning group in connection with planning applications that affect listed and historically interesting buildings throughout the Chilterns. There are also a great many historical and archeological features in the Chilterns and our recently acquired sites and nature reserves gives us great opportunities to expand on these subjects.
There is now a vacancy for a volunteer to lead and expand this group which has well over a hundred names on it's mailing list.
We see a great future for the group as there are so many continuing threats to the Chilterns and so much of real interest to research and develop.
Could this be for you? If not, you may be interested in working on a single aspect of the group's remit where there are always great fixed-term projects that can be undertaken by keen individuals leading and working with other volunteers and often in conjunction with other local history and heritage groups with similar aims and objectives.
If you are interested in getting involved in either role, you will be encouraged, helped and supported by everyone working in the Society.
These are great opportunities for volunteers to really make their mark and take this long-established group, and its interests, forward.
For more details and an informal chat, ring Geoff Wiggett (CS Volunteer co-ordinator) on 01442 875906 or email him
Fantastic new opportunity
The Society wants to expand it's presence in the Central Beds area and this is a great voluntary job which will really make a difference.
Central Beds Conservation Group Team Leader
The Society is keen to expand the general scope of its activities in Central Bedfordshire and, in particular, build a Central Bedfordshire Conservation group. The job of volunteer Team Leader to help establish, develop and co-ordinate the activities of this new group will prove to be tremendously satisfying and rewarding. The group will help maintain the condition of rights of way as well as offering volunteer help on commons, village greens and countryside sites throughout the Central Beds area and occasionally working with other interested parties and 'Friends of…' groups.
We are similarly active in many other areas throughout the Chilterns and have a great reputation for providing skill and expertise on some stunningly beautiful visitor sites, nature reserves and footpaths and, above all, offering our volunteers great opportunities to help maintain these beautiful locations.
Is this of interest to you? If so why not have an informal chat about the role (or any other aspect of volunteering with the Chiltern Society) with the Society's Volunteer Co-ordinator, Geoff Wiggett, on 01442 875906 or email him
Great volunteering opportunities
We have a huge network of footpaths throughout the Chilterns and our volunteers do a great job maintaining them in tip-top condition.
Central Beds and Dacorum
Are you the out of doors type, who appreciates the rights of way network and has a keen interest in ensuring that it continues to offer everybody excellent opportunities to enjoy the countryside? If so you may well find real pleasure and at the same time do the community a good service if you volunteer to become one of our Area Secretaries.
We have 20 Area Secretaries when all our areas are covered. They are the absolute cornerstone of the Rights of Way Group, taking responsibility within one part of the Chilterns for the Group’core activities, the effective monitoring of paths and of open access land through their Path Representatives, taking the appropriate action to resolve any reported dificulties about their condition, examining and responding to proposals to create, divert, or extinguish paths, and seeking improvements to the path network.
The Group has two Area Secretary vacancies, which it is very anxious to fill.
One is in Central Bedfordshire and covering the Borough of Luton and the parishes of Barton le Clay, Chalton, Harlington, Hyde, Shilllington, Streatley, Sundon and Toddington.
The other is in Dacorum covering the towns and parishes of Berkhamsted, Bovingdon, Chipperfield, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Nash Mills.
If you feel you could be interested either of these roles and would like to discuss the possibility without needing to make any initial commitment please contact Brian Lawson on 01494 815814.
The Society has a busy walks programme, including walks of various lengths several times a month, which we very much wish to maintain and extend.
We are always looking for volunteers to help us by leading walks, whether on a regular or an occasional basis. If you think you might like to do this please contact Judy Sonley, our Walks coordinator, on 01494 712857.
For further information about our walks programme, click here.
The Chiltern Society Rights of Way Group (RoWG) Path Representatives
Path Representatives play an essential role in the Rights of Way Group, each checking the condition, accessibility and way-marking of an agreed list of paths.
Problems can then be reported to the appropriate County authority and action quickly taken to carry out repair and maintenance. Many path reps also willingly carry out minor maintenance of their paths, the type of jobs that require no formal authority from the County.
We currently have about 140 volunteer Path Representatives and are well staffed in many areas. There are however also some areas where we would like to fill vacancies.
We are particularly keen to hear from anybody who might like to help us in the places listed below. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Brian Lawson, the Secretary of the Rights of Way Group on 01494 815814.
Buckinghamshire – Ashley Green, Denham, North Beaconsfield, Stokenchurch, and the parishes from Edlesborough to Marsworth, i.e., Edlesborough, Ivinghoe, Marsworth and Pitstone.
Oxfordshire – Chinnor, Crowell, Pyrton and Shirburn .
Hertfordshire – Abbots Langley, Bovingdon, Flaunden, Kings Langley and Nash Mills.
Central Bedfordshire – Houghton Regis, Potten End and Whipsnade, and the parishes from Barton-le-Clay beyond Luton to Hyde including Barton-le-Clay, Chalton, Harlington, Hyde, Shillington, Streatley, Sundon and Toddington,
If you are able to help you will be playing a significant part in keeping the ever popular path network in the Chilterns in a condition that enables walkers and riders to enjoy the countryside to the full.
The Chiltern Society has taken over maintenance and control of a fantastic nature reserve at Marlow Common (North)
It forms part of a large tract of woodland lying to the west of Marlow. It comprises mainly English oak and silver birch with an understorey of bracken.
Most of the year, it's alive with wildlife.
It's an 'Open Access' site meaning visitors are encouraged to explore without having to keep to footpaths.
The Common is owned by Wycombe District Council and management is now in the hands of the Chiltern Society. WDC chose the Chiltern Society as future stewards and managers because they knew that, with our track record, the site would continue to be managed in a sensitive and sustainable way whilst allowing visitors to get close to nature and experience the stunning beauty of this wonderful landscape.
The Society is fully committed to maintaining the unique character of all these sites and has been fortunate in recruiting a site co-ordinator and an activity leader to manage and care for the site and also to form a group of Conservation volunteers to help with the many tasks required.
We already have a huge network of truly amazing people giving up their time every week to really make a difference so why not join them?
These are fantastic opportunities for anyone interested in helping to improve our natural environment in this increasingly urbanised world.
Conservation volunteers – join our new team of fit and energetic conservation volunteers, men and women who can turn their hands to almost any task. This local common will offer you endless opportunities to express yourself in ways that will surprise you. You'll meet some really remarkable people, learn new skills, gain knowledge about wildlife and use up that bit of spare energy.
You may be looking for something different to fill your day or you may only have a few hours to spare each week – it's up to you to decide how much time you can give us. That's one of the great things about volunteering. Just turn up – we'll do the rest!
All you need is commitment, energy, enthusiasm and a passion for the outdoor world.
For full details of Marlow Common, further information about any of the wonderful volunteering opportunities described here or for any other information, please ring Jeff Short on 01628 481358
Jeff can also be contacted by email using the following link:
Conservation Volunteers and Visitor Centre Helpers
Join a happy band of conservation volunteers at our Ewelme Watercress Beds and Local Nature Reserve, helping to keep the historic watercress beds in good order, or helping out in the visitor centre (entrance tickets; product sales; teas; etc.). Contact the Project Officer, Ann Truesdale, on 01491 835173.
Central Chiltern Weekend Conservation Volunteers
Covering from High Wycombe to Wendover, Latimer and the Chalfonts are always looking for volunteers to help in their work. For more information, please contact Christine Breden 01844 343192.