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Quarrendon Leas, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Initiated and run by

Buckinghamshire Archaeology Society and Buckinghamshire County Council formed the Buckinghamshire Conservation Trust with other partners to deliver the project.

Funding sources

Funding has been obtained through Section 106 agreements, from a DCLG Growth Area Fund, Buckinghamshire County Council and English Heritage. Further funding is being sought from a variety of grant giving bodies.

Aims

To provide an 80 hectare public open space centred on Quarrendon scheduled monument providing educational, cultural, environmental and health benefits. Quarrendon is the site of a deserted medieval settlement, the ruined church of St.Peter and the Tudor mansion, garden and warren of Sir Henry Lee (Queen Elizabeth’s Champion and initiator of the Accession Day Tilts) set within a landscape of historic watercourses, meadows and fields. The open space provision will help meet a recognised green infrastructure deficit around the growing town of Aylesbury and is closely linked to new development, including partnership with a local secondary school.

Quarrendon Leas 1: Quarrendon Leas - building survey. Permission: S Kidd, Buckinghamshire CC.Quarrendon Leas. Permission: S Kidd, Buckinghamshire CC.

Work done and results

This is a long-term project which has so far raised public awareness through an open day, tours and schools visits, has developed costed management proposals and constructed a new access path.

The land transfer is expected to be legally transferred to the trust early in 2012 leading to further funding bids and phased enhancements over the next decade as nearby development progresses.

Lessons learned

Quarrendon Leas - exhibition. Permission: S Kidd, Buckinghamshire CC.

  • Major projects of this scale involve long-term commitment as the origins of this project can be found in the early 1990s.
  • The linkage to development has both unlocked opportunities but also created greater complexity as the land has at time seemed a pawn in a bigger game.
  • Managing political positions has been critical with both support and scepticism being encountered.
  • The promotion of ‘green infrastructure’ has been critical in demonstrating the wider public need for the resource, and their benefit from it.

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