1. Impress the Chess

Aims: Involve people with their local waterbodies; Work together

Water body: River Chess
Project description

A local community initiative set up to protect and enhance the River Chess in Chesham.

 Impress the Chess is a partnership between local authorities, conservation bodies and community groups to protect and restore the River Chess which flows through the town. The River Chess, an internationally rare chalk stream, is under threat from low water levels, pollution, habitat destruction and invasive species that can wipe out native wildlife. Impress the Chess was set up in 2004 to protect the river as it flows through Chesham and to raise awareness of the river and its special qualities.  Major achievements of the project to date include, the Meades Water Gardens Regeneration Project, the eradication of himalayan balsam from the R. Chess and Trout in the Classroom. Volunteers from the Chesham Environmental Group carry out monthly conservation tasks along the river as part of the Impress the Chess initiative.  For more information on Impress the Chess and to find out how to get involved visit Chesham Town Council's website.

Project lead: Chesham Town Council
Project partners: Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, Environment Agency, River Chess Association, Chiltern District Council, Chesham Environmental Group, Chesham Society
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Project start: 2004

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.