Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Friends of Micklefield Woods and Marsh

Marsh and Micklefield Big Local is one of 150 community projects across England to be funded by the National Lottery.  We have been awarded a grant of £18,474 over two years to complete this project.  At local level the programme is managed by the Marsh and Micklefield Big Local Partnership Board, the majority of whom are local residents.  At national level the project is managed by the Local Trust who administer the Big Local on behalf of the Lottery. Our three main objectives are to:

  1. Improve Community CohesionBig Lottery logo
  2. Raise Aspiration for all
  3. Enhance Educational Engagement

Chiltern Rangers are leading this project which aims to engage with local people based in Marsh and Micklefield, to help enjoy, manage and maintain local woodlands, open spaces and rivers through a mixture of practical sessions, guided walks and talks, training and fun community events.


Micklefield and Marsh film nights

In September 2015, we hosted a Family Film night in our woods for the community to come together and enjoy the space and entertainment outdoors. It proved to be a great success with 162 people attending and the event was repeated in September 2016.

The project will also include opportunities for volunteers to receive training e.g. a media and PR session, attend educational courses/workshops and learn new skills such as first aid as well as practical skills such as using a brush cutter, installing benches and traditional woodland management techniques such as coppicing.

The two local woodlands, Gomm’s Wood LNR and Highfield and Hangingcroft will be the main focus of the project.  There will be opportunities to work in and by the River Wye and Funges Meadow Nature Reserve, Kingsmead Recreation ground and other community sites in the area.

John Shaw from Chiltern Rangers commented:

“Marsh and Micklefield is ‘our community’, it’s where we are based and it makes sense for us to be really involved in getting local people – our friends and neighbours, outside and into nature on their doorstep.
We can help improve the place for the brilliant range of wildlife that lives and grows here and at the same time help improve people’s lives in loads of ways. This can be building confidence, friendships and a sense of community plus they will have the chance to gain a range of skills and enjoy some great experiences. Everyone is welcome, please get in touch”.

We are delighted to support Chiltern Rangers and local residents in setting up The Friends of Micklefield Woods group.  The woodlands, open areas and rivers in Marsh and Micklefield are valuable assets to our community which we feel should be appreciated and used. We look forward to seeing the group develop and grow and helping support Chiltern Rangers in their valuable work.

Marsh and Micklefield Big Local

The Community Investment Fund

In addition to undertaking its own projects, Marsh and Micklefield Big Local is able to provide funds for grants to voluntary organisations and groups working in the Marsh and Micklefield Big Local area which benefit or involve our residents.  Applications for funding between £500 and £10,000 may be made from any voluntary, community or not for profit group or organisation which supports our objectives.

Marsh and Micklefield Big Local also operate a Community Chest Fund for grants of up to £500. Further details about these funds are available on the website:

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