Chiltern Society celebrates 50 years with marketing drive

The Chiltern Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary year by boosting its marketing team to promote the charity and boost its membership.

Vicky Blane has been appointed head of Marketing and Membership with Emma Anderson the Marketing and Projects Officer.

The Society has nearly 7,000 members and is responsible for maintaining and promoting 12 heritage and countryside sites in the Chilterns. These include the historic Whiteleaf Hill and Cross; Britain’s oldest smock windmill at Lacey Green, and part of the Cholesbury Iron Age fort.

Members also look after a number of important woodland sites, including nature reserves, and maintain miles of paths and cycleways. The Society organises walks and cycle events as well as other countryside activities.

Vicky said: “The Society has grown significantly since it was established 50 years ago, and I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing its expansion and developing its image, especially given the significance of this important milestone year!

“We are a fabulous organisation with so many enthusiastic members and volunteers who are all determined to protect, preserve and promote the beautiful Chilterns environment. My aim is to increase those numbers and further the Society’s influence at a time when the whole Chilterns area is under strain from further development.”

Emma said: “We are excited to be celebrating our first half a century and have lots of great events planned where everybody can get involved, learn more and commemorate this milestone with us”