The Nature Conservation Group for the Prestwood Area

About Prestwood Nature

We are the Nature Conservation Group for the area around Prestwood, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen

Our Aims

Prestwood Nature aims to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

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Boug's Meadow

Further information:  Boug’s Meadow restoration plan

In the centre of Great Missenden, next to the public car park is a small piece of land of about 0.3 hectares in which Prestwood Nature is attempting to create a wild flower meadow. It is accessed on its northern boundary via a public footpath. The bed of the capricious River Misbourne crosses the site.

The project began in 2006 when Prestwood Nature was asked to take over the management of the site by its owner, Chiltern District Council. Over the past 10 years work has been carried out with financial support from several grantees/sponsors. In this period PN has held over 50 half-day work parties, which, augmented by concerted individual effort from the project leader has resulted in some 3000 hours of voluntary effort. Much has been achieved.

The old ways are still the best!  Grass cutting at Boug's MeadowThe site now has properly hedged/fenced boundaries, an emergent flower meadow, an airy small copse, 2 benches and a table for public use.

The project is a long one. The soil is of good quality and is therefore as yet unsuitable for wild flowers. By a strict cutting/raking regime we aim to reduce the soil fertility over a period of at least 10 years. During that time we will slowly create our desired wild flower meadow.

Boug’s Meadow is open for everyone to visit and can be accessed from the far end of the car park,  along the path by the electricity sub-station.

Boug’s Meadow – A Work In Progress.   -   by John Obee,  Boug’s Project Leader

‘Are you doing Community Service?’ I have been asked this question many times in the past few years when I have been working down at Boug’s Meadow. I say no and tell them about Prestwood Nature (PN)  and then carry on. On reflection I was doing work for the community but not to pay back any debts I may have to society! So what exactly have I (PN) been doing there and why.

Back in 2006 Tony Marshall, Joy Mead and I attended a meeting in Great Missenden to discuss the potential improvement of the meadow next to the car park in Link Road. From that meeting and the pledges of support from the attendees emerged the start of a new Prestwood Nature project.  All projects need a name to enable focus and communication. Tony did some research and found that the land used to be farmed by a family by the name of Boug so the project became Boug’s Meadow.

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