The Chiltern Society, established 50 years ago, is the only registered charity dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ unique landscape.
The Society aspires to be the leading voluntary champion of the unique character of the Chilterns.
The Society is going through an exciting growth period. In the last year it has taken over the running of an additional six conservation sites, produced a 50th anniversary book of 50 favourite walks; provided increased effort to protect our footpaths and bridleways; engaged additional staff to accelerate our conservation and development programmes; re-engaged in promoting the heritage of the Chilterns; increased its activity and voice concerning several serious threats to the Green Belt across the Chilterns; offered an extensive programme of walks, cycle rides and events and has aspirations to grow its membership not just in core areas but into other geographic and demographic sectors.
The Society has 7,000 members and 500 volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the Chilterns for the benefit of everyone. Over the last 50 years, it has contributed perhaps 500,000 hours of volunteering effort, managed and improved nature reserves and heritage sites, created long distance footpaths and cycleways, including the Chiltern Way, reviewed many hundreds of planning applications and maintained over 2000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.