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Community WildBelt Case Studies

Stoke Mandeville Station

As well as increasing biodiversity, the Community WildBelt will help people connect with nature and make the places they live and work nicer places to be. This is an exciting community project with Chiltern Railways and Stoke Mandeville Parish Council to improve a green space outside the station for nature and for commuters to enjoy. WildBelt volunteers planted native wildflowers to encourage bees and butterflies, planted a hedge and fruit trees and installed nest boxes. We were delighted to recruit local volunteers to look after this space for the future under the ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme.

Estone Grange Estate, Aston Clinton

Housing development can put huge pressure on nature pathways so we are thrilled to be working with the passionate and committed residents of a new housing estate to plant hedges and assist with pond management to increase biodiversity. It was a really good opportunity to get estate residents of all ages to come and join in and give them a better sense of ownership and appreciation of the nature where they live.

The Glebe, Weston Turville

The WildBelt team have been advising Weston Turville Parish Council on management of land at the heart of the community by providing expert knowledge and practical help. The site has been unmanaged for several years and is in need of work to realise its potential for wildlife.

John Hampden School, Wendover

This is our very first WildBelt School in the heart of the project area. We are working with teachers to give the pupils an understanding and appreciation of our declining wildlife through fun talks and outdoor activities. Getting the children involved is key to helping them to understand how frail our nature is, but there is so much they can do at home and school to help.
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The Community WildBelt project is made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To get involved and to learn more

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Be a WildBelt volunteer

No experience necessary, and tools and training will be provided.

You’ll be working with different parish councils, community groups and private land owners. You may be involved in planting a new orchard, improving the biodiversity of chalk streams, tree planting, creating a wildflower meadow or recording wildlife.

Become a partner

Have you have an idea or ambition to improve nature?

Whether you’re a Parish Council, Community Group or local resident, we’d love to hear from you and help.

Apply for funding

A Community WildBelt Fund is offering small grants to fund nature recovery projects.

A new webpage with an application form is coming soon.

How do we make a difference to the Chilterns?

Chiltern Society Bottom Wood is an ancient woodland dating back to before 1600 and is home to over 700 different species of plants and animals