The Chiltern Society

We are the voice of all those championing the Chilterns and our countryside


to cut overbearing development and limit the effects of climate change to reduce biodiversity loss and protect our wildlife habitats.


Chiltern landscapes, nature recovery networks, tranquillity, heritage, footpaths and all rights of way.


enjoyment and environmental understanding of the Chilterns, and encouraging health and wellbeing.

About us

The Chiltern Society was established over 50 years ago and is supported by 7000 members. We manage 12 conservation sites, and have 500 volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the Chilterns for the benefit of both residents and visitors alike. Over the last half century we’ve contributed well over 2,000,000 hours of volunteering effort, managed and improved several nature reserves and heritage sites, created long distance footpaths and cycleways (including the Chiltern Way), reviewed hundreds of planning applications and maintained thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways. We have campaigned for many years against the damaging effects of HS2 and have loudly voiced our concerns about many serious threats to the our Green Belt and chalk streams. We promote the heritage of the Chilterns through our annual Heritage Festivals; and offer an extensive programme of walks, cycle rides and events throughout the year.

As a charity without the generosity of our supporters we wouldn’t be able to continue our work caring for the local landscape. The Chilterns is a special place, and together we can keep it that way.

To find out more about our charitable objectives, mission and values, you can download our 2020-2025 Business Plan here.

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The Chilterns

The Chilterns, located north west of London, covers 650 square miles and is defined by its long line of iconic rolling hills stretching from Hitchin in north Hertfordshire to Goring-on-Thames in south Oxfordshire. Almost half of the Chilterns is an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The countryside is renowned for its sweeping chalk grasslands and wild flowers, its magnificent beechwoods, sparkling chalk streams, deeply wooded valleys and quiet lanes perfect for walkers.

Visitors can enjoy swathes of bluebells in spring or the autumn woodland colour. There is an abundance of wildlife, with red kites wheeling overhead in many areas, thousands of miles of footpaths and several nature reserves to visit.

Our work…