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Community Vision Update – pop-in Friday for a chat and a cuppa…..

Workshop invitation open to all

The first of two sessions to gain further insight into the thoughts of local people of all ages and backgrounds regarding the Community Vision Update is this Friday,  between 2 to 8pm, 23 March, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE

Do pop in for a chat and a cuppa –  if you can’t make this Friday then you have a second opportunity on Friday 20 April, again between 2 to 8pm in Prestwood Village Hall.

In the meantime, please do complete the on-line questionnaire.

For further information see previous news item.

Consultation closes 15 May 2018



Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….

Litter Pick Weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th March

Due to the current wintry weather

The arctic conditions have destroyed any chance of a litter pick taking place this weekend.  I was hopeful that a  thaw on Saturday or Sunday might facilitate an opportunity, but judging by today’s freezing winds and temperatures, that’s most unlikely now.  So, thank you to all those who have already enquired, volunteered or even given it some thought, but I have decided to cancel this one and reschedule for 27th/28th/29th April.  Perhaps Spring will have arrived by then!  Wishing you all well – stay warm.  Jeanette (& Orinoco, who clearly came out of hibernation too soon!) Continue reading Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….



HS2 Drop-in Event – Highway and Haul Road Design

Wednesday 28 February 2018 between 2 and 6 pm in Great Missenden Memorial Centre

A Drop-in Event being run by Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractors – plans for the construction of the HS2 Haul Road to run from the A413 up to the Chiltern Tunnel portal will be on display.

Designs will be shared with the community on proposed scheme of alterations to Link Road and the A413 roundabout as well as the A413 Frith Hill roundabout.  Staff will be on hand to talk to.

email:  Tel: 08081 434434  




Many thanks to Fiona Waller for contacting PVA regarding the ongoing hot topic of LITTER:

Let’s start at home with Macroplastics in Prestwood…

We’ve all heard a lot about microplastics at sea and been appalled by the terrible conditions of birds and mammals being injured through ingesting plastic and the presence of plastic in their bodies.  The scenes from BBC’s Blue Planet struck a chord with us all.

However, at a clean-up at Sheepwash Pond in Honor End Lane this month, we collected about 40 plastic drink bottles from the edges of the pond and the water showing that this problem is just as much an issue locally as it is globally.

It’s not just bottles though – small plastic bags and sweet wrappers
also litter the area and could easily be eaten by ducks or frogs and
newts which inhabit one of the few areas of permanent water in

There are lots of community-minded people in Prestwood who
litter pick and collect rubbish that others have left or thrown down
around our village.  However, we need to make sure that we change
behaviours of our children and young people to discourage this
antisocial behaviour and whilst it’s great to support international
issues there is a real need now right at home in the village.

Thanks – Fiona.



HS2 News from Bucks County Council


New £5m fund to create and restore woodlands

The first £1 million of the HS2 Woodland Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the
phase one route, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. You can
read more here. Continue reading HS2 News from Bucks County Council




A huge ‘THANK YOU’ from Jeanette Hedley to all those who participated in last weekend’s litter picking exercise in Prestwood.

“There were 25 volunteers in total including 4 eager children.  Without your help, 30+ sacks of rubbish, 2 old wheelbarrows, discarded wood, metal, netting and glass would still be fouling our beautiful village green spaces, pathways, car parks, roads and play park.   What a difference we can make if we all work together to clean up Prestwood.

“Take a look at the photo to see the quantity of rubbish you managed to pick up in a few hours and I’m sure you’ll agree that the effort was worth it.  Well Done!

“Keep watch on the Prestwood Village Association Website for dates of the next community litter pick weekend.”    Jeanette



Please don’t be shy … give Wombling a try…

Orinoco has returned from his summer holiday on Wimbledon Common and is ready to join Prestwood villagers in the next litter picking weekend, which will take place on 30 September and 1 October. 

Tools, refuse sacks and hi viz tops will be available from Jeanette at 18 Orchard Lane, Prestwood, between 10am and 2pm on both days.  Please bring your own gloves.

Volunteers can choose their preferred litter-picking location and collected rubbish will be picked up from a specified location.  If you need further information on this event from Orinoco, ring Jeanette on 01494 866460.



Chilterns Walking Festival 2017 – HS2 walks

Chilterns Walking Festival
16 September – 1st October 2017

Prestwood & Heath End Councillor John Gladwin emailed us about the Chilterns Walking Festival.

As part of this Festival, the Chiltern Society has organised 3 circular walks to access the proposed route for HS2. These walks are free, but you need to book on-line and places are limited. Continue reading Chilterns Walking Festival 2017 – HS2 walks



Thinning out of trees

Lawrence Grove Wood

You may have noticed on the PVA Facebook Group yesterday it was reported that trees were being felled in the woodland at the end of Widmere Field – known locally as the “potential 76 new homes site”.

However,  John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor,  has kindly confirmed that Keith Musgrave, CDC’s Tree & Landscape officer, visited the site today and says “…. the work is taking place within the woodland of Lawrence Grove rather than the proposed development site of Widmere Field that is now protected by a Tree Preservation Order.”

“I was told that the work is being supervised by a reputable forestry company and that it has been approved by the Forestry Commission through a Felling Licence.  It is a thinning operation within the younger woodland removing mainly birch that will be used for charcoal production.  The work is expected to finish today.”

So, panic not … and thanks to Helen for her initial alert and also Caroline, Jake and John for following this up.



Collection of Honeybee Swarms

Message from Brian Bush, MBBKA swarm officer:

Every year in conjunction with the BBKA, Mid Bucks beekeepers plays its part in the collection of honeybee swarms throughout the UK.

Mid Bucks beekeepers have been very successful in recent years collecting on average over 100 swarms per year.  Most of this success has been due to the help received from local councils and other organisations in informing and educating the general public.

Research has shown that swarms that are not collected and allowed to find their own nest sites have only a 30% chance of surviving for a year. This falls to less than 10% for surviving 2 winters.

One of the main causes of these losses is the varroa mite that infests almost all bee colonies.  Beekeepers can treat these mites and reduce their effect on bees and increase the chances of survival – swarm document 2017.

As a beekeeping association we run a dedicated swarm line during the summer months. The line becomes active on April 1st. this year – Swarm Hotline = 07770370132, and I’m asking you to publicise this important service locally.  NB: Check the BBKA website first to identify that you have a honeybee rather than a bumblebee swarm.  Thanks in advance for your vital help.



Botany and Genetics at Holy Trinity

Is a strawberry really a fruit?   Is a potato a root?

With a love of plants and the environment,  a biology graduate of Oxford University, Dr Karen van Oostrum, is running a taster course for four Saturday sessions, one in April, May, June & July at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Prestwood.  You don’t need to come to the first in order to understand what is in the second, etc.   For more info, or to book your course, please call or email 01494 256508/ 07910 684339

Please book in advance, as places cannot be guaranteed if you turn up on the day.



Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks. 



HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

Crucial that you lobby our MP, Cheryl Gillan,  Martin Tett, Bucks County Council and HS2 Ltd

(direct contact details below)

Message from John Skrimshire, Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group

“Dear All,        You may not be aware of the latest proposals made by HS2 Ltd with regard to Great Missenden which will also greatly impact on the residents of Prestwood who pass through en route to work, local schools, hospitals etc.

“HS2 is proposing to push ahead with its plans for the current Haul Road site off the Link Road roundabout at Great Missenden,  [see previous news item last November to see the effects that this is expected to have on Prestwood] whilst suggesting  “mitigation” which would include widening the Link Road from two to three lanes, with the accompanying loss of the 20 short-term car parking spaces on the Link Road adjacent to Buryfield.   So HS2’s “solution” for Great Missenden is more tarmac and less parking.

“Despite agreeing to an assurance with Bucks County Council in January to develop an alternative Haul Road site, [see PVA’s news item in January 2016] the promoter has failed to provide the full life-cycle costs promised within 28 days of the assurance agreement.   Without this baseline information, it is extremely difficult for Bucks County Council to develop an alternative, bearing in mind that the agreement also requires them to foot any additional bill. Continue reading HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now



Consultation reminder – Prestwood revitalisation proposal

Please take the opportunity to input to the public consultation, due to finish on Monday 11 July .

With the kind permission of JNP, there will be a display of the designs and consultation forms available from Monday 4th to Monday 11th July at their Prestwood office.

The comments and issues raised will be considered and addressed to create a project that has the support of the maximum number of people, and, in due course, help towards the long-term process of fund-raising.

Watch the video, read all about the proposal at  and then please complete the on-line questionnaire/feedback form.

No need for anyone in Prestwood to be excluded from expressing a view – please participate now.

Information about the proposal for the revitalisation of the village centre and its entry points has reached every household in Prestwood via the Front Page and Page 6 of  issue 44 of The Source for HP16.    Now please check out p.2 of  issue 45 due through your letter-box this weekend.  You can already see it on-line at

Continue reading Consultation reminder – Prestwood revitalisation proposal