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Case Study: Bowland Award 2018 Nominee – Chiltern Rangers CIC

Title: Chiltern Rangers CIC

Category: Landscapes for Nature
AONB: Chilterns AONB
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Chiltern Rangers CIC was set up in 2013 following local authority re-reorganisation. The founders were keen to continue and expand the great community and conservation work they had established, so bravely launched the CIC.  This social enterprise works with local communities to provide practical habitat management of the woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams in the Chilterns’ area.

They are an enthusiastic group who work tirelessly and with enthusiasm with many local groups of all ages and abilities achieving positive outcomes for the sites they work on and with the people they work with.

What was done

Chiltern Rangers continue to work across a range of habitats – including chalk streams in the heart of urban communities, chalk grassland, Chiltern Woodlands and commons. They work with regular volunteer groups and reach all sectors of society. Their work with Forest Ranger Schools and Young Roots has successfully engaged younger people. Working with businesses through employee development programs, they arrange fun and informative days, introducing many adults to conservation work for the first time.

Chiltern Rangers are also key partners to other projects including the HLF funded ‘Beacons of the Past’, Chilterns Hillforts and ‘Chalk, Cherries and Chairs’ Landscape Partnership projects being run by the Chilterns Conservation Board.


In 2016 Chiltern Rangers welcomed 3,398 volunteers who contributed 9,569 hours of work.  These figures have steadily increased and, in the last 12 months, over 12,000 hours of work were generated.

The Young Roots Art Trail engaged over 1200 young people and 500 adult volunteers, during the summers of 2016 and 2017, with practical conservation and art work along the River Wye through the centre of High Wycombe.


The continued enthusiasm and energy of all the Chiltern Rangers staff working with many different groups and individuals is making a real difference to the Chilterns landscape and the habitats it supports.


Quote from project manager:

“This is amazing thank you. We’d be delighted to be nominated for the Bowland Award”– John Shaw, Managing Director

Key search words: Habitat management, community engagement, partnership working, working with businesses