About Prestwood Nature

The Prestwood Nature area covers a 3 kilometre radius from the Buckinghamshire village of Prestwood and includes the villages of Great Missenden, Great and Little Kingshill,  Great and Little Hampden, North Dean and Speen.

The landscape is characterised by rolling hills with small fields and many hill-top woods.   The underlying rock is chalk.  The land is well drained and provides a habitat for many rare meadow plants. In wet periods the ground absorbs water to emerge later in chalk streams like the river Misbourne.

Our Aims

The primary aim of Prestwood Nature is to: Enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

We do this by:

  1. Restoring and maintaining sites to preserve natural resources.
  2. Guided walks led by knowledgeable members to increase awareness of the natural environment.
  3. Arrange talks on subjects of interest to our members.
  4. Produce a regular newsletter for members.
  5. Maintain records of plant and animal life in order to see how the environment is changing in response to climate change and other pressures.

Milestones in Our History


January – Prestwood Nature formed


Prestwood Nature registered as a charity


Butterfly transect started. The same route has been walked each week during the summer months every year since then.


Work began at Boug Meadow to turn an area of scrub it into a wild flower meadow.


Kiln Common Community Orchard first planting


Sheepwash Pond restoration began


Wildlife Garden established at Greenlands Lane


Website first set up


Prestwood Nature was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service


Programme of talks started


Campaigned successfully against a proposal to turn Boug’s Meadow into a car park


First of our regular Hedgerow Walks


During Covid, maintenance of our sites continued (socially distanced) and our talks continued but on-line over Zoom


Pollinator-Friendly Garden was replanted to regenerate the plant stock and repair damage caused by a fire in 2019.

Our constitution

Our constitution can be downloaded here.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports from 2005 and AGM Minutes from 2011 are available here to download

Our Privacy Policy

Follow this link to view the Prestwood Nature privacy policy

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