Welcome to the website of the
Lane End Conservation Group
To quote from Peter Philp's book 'Four Pubs and Two Duck Ponds', ' the Conservation Group was set up in 1983 by Lane End & Fingest Parish Council. Formation of the Group had been suggested by Don Gresswell, an active member of the Chiltern Society. Herbert 'Nobby' Clark, then Parish Clerk, gathered together 15 local residents concerned about conservation matters to an inaugural meeting in April 1983.'
Tony Davis took over responsibility for organising the activities of the Group when Nobby moved away from the district in 1986. At first, the Group concentrated on rubbish clearance throughout the Parish before moving on to the endless tasks of keeping Rights of Way open, pond clearance and maintenance of the Harris Garden. Following Tony Davis's death, existing members of the Group organised an EGM which clearly indicated that there was continuing support for the Group and so a new Committee was formed with Clive Lumbers as Chairman. The Group continued to flourish under the chairmanship of Clive Lumbers, followed by Bob Cheesewright and then Robert Briggs kindly stepped into the breach when the Cheesewrights left the Parish. All this time, the Group continued to work on litter picking, footpath maintenance besides undertaking such projects as the regeneration of Head & Body Pond on Cadmore End Common.
However, due to the decline in active members, Lane End Conservation Group Committee decided to ask for no subscriptions at the 2014 AGM. The Group's remaining funds will be used to support the existing volunteers who undertake monthly 'Action Days' on an informal basis during which footpaths may be cleared, litter picked and the Harris Garden maintained.
If you would like to help the Group by joining in one of the Action Days, please contact a Committee member for more information - and you will be welcomed with open arms!
Finally, a special thanks to those who have driven forward the vision of original founders of the Group - and we hope that their legacy will inspire the next generation to take over. We feel sure that, in the fullness of time, the Lane End Conservation Group will be resurrected although possibly in a different form. We hope that the Group's current legacy will inspire the next generation to accept this challenge to maintain the habitats of our Parish in a way that our Founder Members would have wished.