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We have collected together a set of useful links on this page and a brief description of each organisation or service as it relates to the Revive the Wye.

RTW Steering Group – Member Organisations

Chiltern Society

One of the three registered charities that initiated Revive the Wye, the Society is the principal voluntary organisation that cares for the Chilterns and seeks to maintain the uniqueness of the Chilterns sub- region in the face of increasing pressures on this area of special landscape and heritage value. Volunteers from the Society’s Rivers and Wetlands Conservation Group make an important contribution to RTW’s conservation activities.

The High Wycombe Society

Another of the RTW initiating charities, the High Wycombe Society was founded 40 years ago to bring together people who valued the heritage and local environment of High Wycombe and sought to protect and enhance these assets, including the town’s water courses, in the face of the development pressures.

Wycombe Wildlife Group

The third of the RTW initiating charities, Wycombe Wildlife Group was formed in 1989, as one of many Urban Wildlife Groups. Its members all have an interest in the Environment, want to learn more about our local wildlife, and help conserve it for the enjoyment of people today and for generations to come. Members of the Group play a leading role in monitoring the wildlife of the Wye and its associated water bodies and in organising RTW’s volunteer conservation events.

Chilterns Chalk Stream Project

Hosted by the Chilterns Conservation Board, the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project is a partnership of statutory agencies, local authorities and voluntary bodies committed to conserving the Chilterns’ chalk stream environment. The Chalk Streams Project aims to conserve and enhance all major chalk streams in the Chilterns and to encourage enjoyment and understanding of them.

Chiltern Rangers

The Chiltern Rangers Community Interest Company was formed in 2013 as a social enterprise delivering practical woodland management and advice. They operate in and around the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, working in partnership at a range of sites for landowners in the public, private and third/charitable sectors. This includes managing 13 woodlands, including 3 Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s), for Wycombe District Council. The Chiltern Rangers’ management team have been involved in conservation work with RTW since shortly after its formation, when they were directly employed by the District Council.

Environment Agency

Specialists from the EA’s fisheries and biodiversity team provide the RTW Steering Group with a range of biodiversity and river conservation advice and a link to the EA’s departments dealing with flooding and riverside planning. They also lead river conservation and training events for RTW volunteers.


Wycombe District Council

The River Wye catchment area is wholly within Wycombe District. The council has provided a number of support services to RTW since its formation, although other partners and volunteers are now taking over some of those functions. Key riverside open spaces, such as the Rye and Desborough Recreation Ground are managed by the Council, which works closely with RTW on major improvement projects in these areas. The Council published River Wye Action Plan in XXXX, which became a key reference point for the RTW work plan.

 ‘Parishes’ along the Wye

West Wycombe Parish Council

In most years the River Wye can be seen flowing the through fields to the north west of the village, before entering the splendid landscape of West Wycombe Park


Hughenden Parish Council

The Hughenden Stream is a main tributary to the Wye and rises from springs in the Hughenden Valley, before passing through the beautiful parklands of  the Hughenden Manor estate  and the adjacent Hughenden Park . The Hughenden stream joins the Wye in a culvert in the centre of High Wycombe.


Wycombe Town

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Chepping Wycombe Parish Council

Short stretches of the Wye and its backstream ( sometimes called Marsh Brook) pass through the parish of Loudwater. In the past these supported {X} mills. The Parish Council has been a strong supporter of Revive the Wye and has actively engaged in maintaining the river and keeping himalayan balsam and japanese knotweed under control. The Council helped finance the River Wye interpretation board in Boundary Park.


Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council

The villages of Wooburn and Bourne End occupy the valley of the River Wye, the adjoining hillsides and part of the River Thames flood plain.  The Wye joins the Thames at Bourne End. Public access to the river is possible at Wooburn Park, along Town Lane and Brookbank and by the Bourne End Recreation Ground. Glory Mill in Wooburn was the last of the paper mills along the Wye to close in [2000]. With the co-operation of the Council, RTW installed an interpretation board at Wooburn Park and the EA, assisted by volunteers, has used soft engineering techniques to enhance river flows and habitats on two stretches of the Wye through the parish.


Community Organisations/Groups

Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Local History Group

The Local History Group has conducted research into history of the mills along the Wye in Loudwater and Wooburn and the riots by mill workers in [1xxx]. Many mill workers lived in Flackwell Heath and it was there that the workers congregated before taking their protests down the hill to the local mills, where they wrecked newly installed papermaking machinery. Several residents of Flackwell Heath were as a result transported to Tasmania as convicts.


Pann Mill Group

The present mill sits at the eastern end of High Wycombe by the entrance to the Rye open space. It was designed by a High Wycombe Society member to preserve the remaining mill machinery following the demolition of most of the remains of the original much larger mill in 1971. The mill is open to the public three times a year.


 Wycombe Museum

Supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, plans are being developed to move the museum to a new location adjacent to the River Wye and the District Council offices in Wycombe town centre. RTW is working with the Museum and the new Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust towards a project that will create greater awareness of the history and location of the many mills that once were a key feature of the River Wye.


Wycombe Environment Centre

The Wycombe Environment Centre was created to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage local communities in High Wycombe to choose a more sustainable way of living and was an early supporter of RTW and its aims. Volunteers from the Centre have been clearing and looking after the short stretch of the Wye between Desborough Road and the culvert in Wycombe Town Centre and adjacent to its current premises.


Business Partners


TNS Global



Schools and Educational Institutions

Bucks New University

Environmental Organisations

Chilterns Conservation Board

The Chilterns Conservation Board is the host and lead organisation for the Chiltern Chalk Streams Project, which is a key partner represented on the RTW Steering Group and provides specialist advice and support for a wide range of RTW activities.


The Wild Trout Trust

The Wild Trout Trust is a conservation charity that focuses on practical work to improve habitat for trout across the UK and Ireland. The Trust has advised the RTW partners on a number of potential projects along the Wye and is actively engaged with RTW and Wycombe District Council in proposals to improve the Wye and one of its back streams where they pass through Desborough Recreation Ground.


Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

As the local wildlife trust, BBOWT is a source of information, advice and support for RTW.


Foundation  for Water Research

The Foundation for Water Research (FWR) is an independent charity dedicated to education and information exchange related to the science, engineering and management of water. RTW is currently working with FWR on a Government sponsored evaluation of the Wye catchment area, as part of a wider South Chilterns Catchment Pilot study, for which FWR is acting as the host organisation.




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