We are the Local Environment Group for the area around Prestwood in Buckinghamshire, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen
We aim to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.
Publicity and Liaison
While our members provide the core of our resources, it is important to be able to communicate with all residents in the area if we are to make a major impact on the general state of our environment. A survey of garden wildlife was carried out using randomly chosen addresses and the results released to the press. A peat-free compost information sheet was drafted by one of our members and copies are displayed at local garden centres. This helped increase the availability of peat-free compost locally and to bolster sales. Prestwood Nature’s activities and current environmental issues are a constant feature of the local community newspaper and there are regular columns in local parish magazines. Many non-members are now aware of our existence and we often get enquiries and information from them, and even offers of help.
We also work closely with sister organisations and parish, district and county authorities, including the Chiltern Conservation Board. These enable us to contribute to issues that extend beyond local boundaries and provide us with valued support.
An important emphasis in our work is on links with farmers and landowners. We have a farmer on our Council and several farmers among our members. We work closely with Collings Hanger Farm (which has several Local Wildlife Sites and the only county population of Corky-fruited Water-dropwort), Hampden Bottom Farm (for which we carried out a complete ecological survey that helped the farm qualify for Higher Level Stewardship), and Rickyard Cottage (where we have helped clear one pond and there are regular children’s events).
For links to other groups we work with - see Links.
At the request of local groups drafting a Village Design Statement, in 2010 we carried out an Environmental Audit of the whole of our area, assessing the levels of biodiversity across different habitats, current threats to them, and management needs. This report can be read by clicking on the following: Environmental Audit
Over 2009 we carried out a major revaluation of our work and developed a brand-new plan for managing the organisation and determining priorities. This followed our first six years when the work we were engaged on escalated beyond initial expectations and we realised that we needed to become efficient. The new plan attempts to integrate the work we carry out and to relate it to the activity of other related organisations. While it accepts that we need to grasp opportunities when they offer themselves, we also need to prioritise projects that will link with and reinforce current work and relate most closely to our main aims. Two main sections of our area - the Hampden Estate and the dry chalk valleys descending south from there, and the Misbourne Valley - are priority regions under the South-East Regional Plan and the County BAP and emphasis will be placed on trying to link disparate projects in those regions. Recognising that there is a limit to the volunteer resources of a local conservation organisation, however enthusiastic the members, and that most land is privately owned, we realise that a major impact on the biodiversity and environmental health of the area can only be achieved by working with landowners as widely as possible to achieve positive management of their lands for wildlife alongside their primary aims, especially where these lands neighbour or link with existing protected sites. Instead of disparate projects we shall seek to achieve a whole tapestry of well-managed spaces and linkages (hedgerows, road verges, streams etc) from gardens up to whole farms.
To read more about the "Living Tapestry" proposal click on the following
|Activities for Children|
|Publicity & Liaison|
|Walks and Visits|
|Junior Photo Competition|
|Great Missenden Library|
|Angling Spring Wood|
|Hedges and Special Trees Project|
|Kiln Common Orchard|
|Prestwood Nature Reserve|
|Boug's Meadow History|
|Why no car park at Boug's Meadow|
|Butterfly Transect Route|
|Kiln Common Orchard Planting Plan|
|Ecological Flora of the Central Chilterns|
|Flowering Plants: Arable Land|
|Flowering Plants: Disturbed Land|
|Flowering Plants: Meadows|
|Flowering Plants: Ponds|
|Flowering Plants: Roadsides|
|Flowering Plants: Woodlands & Hedgerows|
|Grasses, Sedges & Rushes|
|Bees and Wasps|
|Mosses & Liverworts|
|Ancient Trees & Parkland|
|Heathland & Acid Grassland|
|Collings Hanger Pond|
|Kiln Corner Pond|