Celebrate our successes
Our Chess Smarter Water Catchment project is tackling the issues that face the river and its catchment through partnership working.
The Chess Smarter Water Catchment project started in 2021 with the vision of making the River Chess catchment a jewel in the heart of the Chilterns landscape. Work is well underway to make this happen, protecting landscapes, enhancing habitats and improving water quality and flow. But there is plenty more to do over the 10-year term of the project.
The State of the River Chess
Last year, stakeholders produced a comprehensive report called The State of the River Chess. This baseline report outlines our current understanding for the area, and will drive future improvements and interventions, as well as providing an essential tool to evaluate the success of these works. This report was produced as part of the Smarter Water Catchments initiative which is being piloted within the River Chess catchment. It aims to tailor our next steps and continue to promote our stakeholder-led approach, reaching out to wider communities.
Volunteer to help conserve the precious River Chess
Conservation volunteering not only benefits the natural world, but it also benefits us. It provides a sense of well-being from giving something back to the community and from being immersed in nature. It offers a chance to make new connections and learn new skills or gain new knowledge about the wildlife, heritage and environment of the area. Find out more about volunteering on our Get involved page.
Get a grant to help you look after nature on your land
Are you a landowner? Did you know as part of Smarter Water Catchments you could apply for both capital and revenue spend. Revenue spend is funding to support management actions that deliver Farming in Protected Landscape objectives. Capital spend is funding to purchase or invest in a physical asset (capital item) to achieve a stated outcome, such as increased business prosperity or improvements to the environment. Capital items can be natural landscape features, such as trees, hedgerows and ponds, or built features, such as fencing, water, infrastructure, buildings, machinery and equipment. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org