Campaigning to protect our landscape

The Chiltern Society is opposed to HS2 crossing the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is calling for the railway to be tunnelled under the entire AONB.

The Society has been campaigning against the current plans for HS2 since they were first introduced in 2009 and has a campaigning group that meets regularly to review and plan strategy.

Our main concern is the impact HS2 will have on the Chilterns and its precious landscape, resources, environment, communities and economy. We are very concerned about the precedent HS2 will set in protected landscapes if it is permitted in its planned form.

We have given detailed responses to public consultation documents, including the Environmental Statements, and provided detailed evidence to the Select Committees examining the HS2 Bill in Parliament. We were able to call on expert witnesses as part of our evidence. We have also met the Transport Secretary in the Chilterns to personally express our concerns and demonstrate the detrimental impact HS2 will bring.

In addition to lobbying politicians, decision makers and influential groups, we publish a monthly email update on latest developments and work with other like-minded organisations when appropriate.