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About Lane End

The Lane End Conservation Group covers all of the Parish of Lane End, which lies in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are 36 AONBs nationwide. Various parts of the parish are classified as Conservation Areas. Many Public Footpaths and Bridleways and even more permissive footpaths criss-cross the beautiful countryside here, inviting not only local residents but also ramblers and walkers from outside the parish to explore and enjoy our green spaces.

Ditchfield Common (pre-improvement) There are seven easily accessible commons within the Parish of Lane End, all of them used constantly by the local residents. These commons need looking after and each one has its own unique characteristics.

To the north of the old village centre is Handleton Common and next to it Wheeler End Common, both open grassland with trees on them.

To the south of the village and bordering the Hambleden Parish lies Moorend Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Moor Common with its old woodlands and Ditchfield Common surrounding Holy Trinity Church.

To the west and just outside the village, on both sides of the road to Stokenchurch (B482) is Bolter End Common, in parts well-established woodland bordering a farm and the small hamlet of Bolter End.

The village of Cadmore End is on the western outskirts of the parish and is divided by the motorway M40. Here Cadmore End Common stretches alongside the motorway. This common is a mixture of semi-ancient woodland, hiding Head and Body Pond, and giving way to semi-open grassland with bracken encroaching. The border of this common to Wheeler End Common on its eastern side runs through Huckenden Pond marked by a large Sarsen Stone.

In the center of the village are two fairly large ponds and two smaller ones, all maintained and cared for by LEGC.

Mill Pond, which is also called the Upper Duck Pond, alongside the High Street (B482, Stokenchurch to Marlow); and, close by Foundry Pond, the Lower Duck Pond, surrounded by a green with cherry trees. Across the road (to Sands, High Wycombe) is the southern edge of Handleton Common and at its lowest point, Botany Brook, where a rustic little wooden bridge leads to the central village car park.

Ditchfield Pond

Ditchfield Pond, on Ditchfield Common, has been the subject of restoration recently as part of the project to rediscover this common.

The Harris Memorial Garden Harris Garden 1992
Harris Garden 1992
is located on the site of a long-lost tavern called the New Inn, near the centre of the village. The site is owned by the Bucks County Council and is named after Herbert Harris, a hard-working member of the Lane End Parish Council, Village Hall Committee and Methodist Church. The benches commemorate the life and work of the conservation group's long-serving work organiser and chairman Tony Davis, who died in 2000.

In 1992 an oak tree in Finings Wood was felled after a gale and the timber used for a semi-pergola, constructed and installed in the garden under the direction of Tony in 1993. In that same year a brick and flint raised flower bed was placed in the garden; assisted by a grant from Wycombe District Council, it was built by I & C Meakes, then planted-up.

Blackwell, Blackwell
Christopher Wallis
& Nobby Clark
circa 1850 and named after a prominent 19th century village family, is a keyhole-shaped well that was much used before the provision of mains water. Situated next to Foundry Pond and the old iron foundry it had been lost from view since World War II, having been capped with concrete and covered beneath the turf. The idea of locating and restoring the well was the brainchild of the conservation group's founder Herbert (Nobby) Clark.

The clearance to open-up Blackwell was given by the Blackwell
World War II gas
mask found in well
Dashwood Estate in September 1984. An abortive attempt to locate the well took place on December 1st and was finally located on December 8th 1984, only to discover that the public pavement was partially over the site.

Work began in 1985 with the use of an excavator to remove the overburden and lift the concrete cover. The restoration contract was awarded to the civil engineer Christopher Wallis the son of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis and was finally 'opened' by Sir Francis Dashwood at a public ceremony in 1988.

Other places of interest within the parish which are maintained by LECG include: