WHAT WE DO

Enhancing the Chiltern’s habitats through conservation,
education & community engagement

Communities & Conservation

We work with communities to provide practical habitat management in Bucks and the wider Chilterns. We manage 13 nature reserves for Wycombe District Council and help a range of conservation and local authority partners with habitat management in their woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams. This is all achieved with the help of volunteers – people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, plus community organisations, charities, social enterprises, schools, colleges and other partners all have key roles too.

For further information on coppicing see link below:

What is coppicing?

Our Vision: Inspiring and enriching communities, enhancing local environments

Education and training

We offer a variety of education and training opportunities to individuals and organisations to help make a difference. With a particular focus on young people, we aim to help those either out of work, transitioning to work or still in full time education.

Work experience

We deliver 1 or 2 week placements to students in Year 10 and 11. The time is practically focused as a way to experience the type of outdoor work especially relevant to a potential career in conservation, arboriculture or horticulture. It is also a good alternative option for those considering careers as social workers or carers as we work with such a varied mix of people including those with mental health problems and a range of disabilities and learning difficulties. If you are interested then please contact us, spaces are limited and provided on a first come first served basis.

Download the appropriate forms below:

OVER 18 Profile and Contact form for work experience 2020

UNDER 18 Profile and Contact form for work experience 2020

Work Experience information for coordinators 2020

Work Experience Joining Instructions 2020

Work placements

If our work experience offer doesn’t cater for your needs we are able to offer a variety of other options that are particularly useful for University/College students or those looking for a career change. We can offer one or two day a week long term placements, summer holiday placements or a bespoke placement to suit your needs.

 

AQA Unit Award Scheme accreditations and other training

At Chiltern Rangers we are able to offer AQA accreditation in a variety of practical and employability skills (Entry Level) such as:

  • Woodland Conservation: Use and Care of Hand Tools
  • Introduction to Woodland Management for Nature Conservation
  • Coppicing Woodland Shrubs and Trees
  • Health and Safety: Risk Assessment
  • Employability Skills: Team Working
  • Employability Skills: Self-Management

The units are short units that can usually be delivered by working with us over a few sessions and used as stepping stones to qualifications and employment. Delivery of the units does need to be funded but if you or anyone you know would be interested then please get in contact.

We can also offer tailor-made training sessions (half or full days) for staff, key volunteers and land owners. Content to suit your needs but could include: woodland management, working with volunteers, surveying, risk assessment, community engagement and much more.

 

Not In Education, Employment or Training (NNETS)

We work with a variety of organisations to help engage with young people Not In Education, Employment or Training. We aim to boost job prospects, life skills and confidence as well as producing improvements to local woodlands.

Duke of Edinburgh  Award

We work with a variety of schools and other organisations to help deliver the volunteering section.  Time is spent with Chiltern Rangers working to improve a variety of sites we manage for the community and for wildlife.

Longer term work-based placements

We offer longer term work-based placements as part of a holistic approach to education which favours some students. This can be 1 or 2 days a week for an extended period of time, although exact terms are flexible to suit all parties. These include a preplacement interview which is great experience and preparation for those about to enter the work place for real for the first time. See photo below of two recent work placement students, Jacob and Ashley from Berkshire College of Agriculture. Jacob and Ashley enjoyed themselves so much that they continue to volunteer with us.

Contact us for more information or if you would like to get involved.

Our Values

Inclusivity

We want to make conservation and other events accessible to all sections of our community as much as we possibly can. Everyone is welcome as long as they’re willing to give it a go.

Team

We owe our success to our people — staff and volunteers alike.
We believe in valuing our people and aim to create a working environment which promotes their wellbeing and development. We celebrate failure as well as success, to help learn lessons and develop a truly creative culture.

Integrity

Whether internally between team members, or with customers and suppliers, we believe trust and honesty are the best foundations to do good business.

Partnership

Neither society’s nor the environment’s problems can be tackled in isolation — we believe passionately in working with other people and organisations to make a difference.

Aspire

We believe the way to engage and inspire the communities within which we work and to raise people’s aspirations is to be innovative and creative and do things differently.

Fun

Working at or with Chiltern Rangers should be fun — we get to spend lots of time outdoors in nature, which we think is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing. The feel good factor also comes from a sense of achievement, friendship, discovery, play and community spirit.

Pro bono scheme

In keeping with our status as a Community Interest Company, we are allocating 10% of any surplus we make each year towards a Pro bono scheme.

As well as offering discounted fees for our services to charities, local voluntary groups and social enterprises, we will make available the use of our tools and equipment to eligible groups, either at discounted hire rates or free of charge.

Services which we will offer on a pro bono basis include:

  • Practical conservation work
  • Environmentally friendly landscape work
  • Be a Ranger half day experiences
  • Talks and presentations
  • Guided walks

How to apply for Pro bono Services or tool and equipment loan

Before applying please check your eligibility by clicking on our Pro Bono policy. If you think you are eligible, please complete the appropriate Pro bono application form by clicking on one of the links below and email it to us at info@chilternrangers.co.uk or by post to Chiltern Rangers, Kingsmead Depot, 60, Fennels Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1SL.  If you are applying for a tool loan please read and comply with the terms and conditions set out in the document below.

Applications from the community for our pro bono services and tool hire can be made at any time.  Completed applications will then be considered by the Chiltern Rangers Board.

Pro bono service application form

Pro bono gazebo, tool/equipment loan application form

Pro bono terms and conditions for gazebo, tool loan

If you know of anyone who could benefit from Pro bono work please encourage them to apply. If you have any queries please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.

Transition Town Marlow borrowed our tools and tent for their work planting a community orchard
Community minibus

Thanks to a very generous grant from ‘Heart of Bucks’ of the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, in September 2015 we were able to purchase a new 17 seater Community Minibus. As a result, we have the means to take more volunteers from the wider community out into the woods and nature reserves. This is a community minibus and it has been hired by many local charities and organisations.  In this way we hope access to local amenities will be made significantly easier.

Wycombe Youth Action group hired the mini-bus for a trip to Thorpe Park
Are you a local organisation or community group looking to hire a minibus? If so, please contact us or use the forms below.

Minibus Booking Form – complete and return for hire of minibus

Minibus Annual Membership Application form – complete and return for Annual membership

Minibus Hire Driver Registration form – complete and return for Annual membership

Minibus Application Ts and Cs – read for hire of minibus

PLEASE NOTE: We must have received the completed forms 10 days before the date of hire. If we do not receive the forms in time it may not be possible to hire the minibus.