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‘Commons are the jewels of the Chilterns,’ declares Nicola Hodgson, our case officer, who is today giving presentations at a workshop at Naphill, Bucks, on the range of legislation which affects common land.
The training workshop, Commons and the Law, is part of the Chilterns Commons Project and is for all those involved with the management of commons, including site managers, landowners, parish councils and volunteers from local groups.
The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has around 200 commons ranging from strips of grass verge to rolling hectares of wild, flower-rich grassland and woodland.
Says Nicola: ‘Common-land law is complex and I welcome the opportunity to help those managing commons to gain a better understanding of the legislation. I shall be looking specifically at what can and cannot be done on commons, how to take action against unlawful works such as fences and buildings, and practical solutions to recurring problems like unauthorised car-parking and vehicular access-tracks.’
Representatives from the Forestry Commission and the Chilterns Conservation Board will also be taking part in the training workshop.