Those of you who regularly peruse our website may remember that we were advertising for a Community Ranger to help deliver on a new and exciting project called Chalk, Cherries and Chairs. This five-year Landscape Partnership Scheme, overseen by our friends at the Chilterns Conservation Board, is working towards a vision of “A healthy, resilient, connected landscape; with its unique natural, historical and cultural heritage cherished by present and future generations”.
Since the end of the practical workshops and installations in 2017 there has been a maintenance session carried out annually by our Ranger team with the help of a variety of young people. The first year one of our Rangers did a tour of the eight sites with one of the budding artists who helped paint the masterpieces originally.
I joined Chiltern Rangers in October 2018 with the original intention of simply helping restore the watercress beds in the River Wye. Almost a year later, I’ve learnt that being a volunteer has been much more varied and rewarding than I could have imagined.
We all love a Winter Scrub Bash with the knowledge that the work we are doing is going to directly benefit wildlife but it can be a shame if we don’t get to visit in the Summer to take a look at what’s about! So we are even more thankful to Gary Beckett (Conservation Officer) and his Commanding Officer at MOD Bicester who welcomed us back on Saturday 13th July for a Bird and Butterfly Wildlife Walk.
Summer is here! Birds are on the wing, insects are buzzing around, meadows are coming into bloom, and people are getting out and enjoying the sunshine. Summer is a great time to enjoy the hard work we put into sites all-year round.
Est. in 2017, BlueRock was founded by Seb Gauthier, impact-entrepreneur and designer, specialising in eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes for adults and kids. Thanks to our customers, over 12,000 brushes have been saved from landfill or ending up in our oceans.
We were delighted to receive a funding donation last week from John Lewis & Partners.
Dawn Stokoe, Community Liaison Co-ordinator presented Chief Ranger John Shaw and our Fab Friday volunteer group with the cheque, during a visit to a sunny Keep Hill Wood in High Wycombe.
Last Friday Rangers Andrew and Dan took Fab Friday out on a cleaning mission of the Wye from High Wycombe Retail Park to the back of the old Homebase store at Wye Dene. Four shopping trolleys (kindly returned to their correct location), a bicycle, and thirty rubbish bags later, we called the deed done and returned to base.