What we do...

Construction of The Harris Memorial Garden, 1992

Founded in 1983, the group is an independent voluntary organization, dedicated to practical care of the natural environment within the Parish of Lane End. Our active members ensure that public and permissible footpaths and bridleways are clear of obstructions and stiles and gates are useable. LECG work parties look after all the ponds in the parish, plant trees and deal with storm damage to these, maintain the hedges in the village and also a small public garden in the centre of Lane End village.

Maintenance of completed The Harris Memorial Garden, 2008

The ‘Harris Memorial Garden’ which was created in its present form in 1992, by the founders of LECG also has two benches dedicated to Tony Davis, who tirelessly worked with volunteers of LECG for almost 20 years.





Mill Pond

There are numerous ponds in the parish, four in the centre of the village. Mill Pond, (also known as Upper Pond) along the High Street, which needs twice yearly attention Foundry Pond, (Lower Pond) a few yards down The Row, a side road, which in 2003/5 was restored by a large group of volunteers, Botany Brook (formerly known as Bottom Pit) at the edge of the main village car park, which was created from a waterlogged, muddy pitch as one of the first projects of LECG volunteers and needs regular vegetation control; and Ditchfield Pond near the church, which is maintained by locals of Ditchfield Common together with helpers from LECG

On the border of Wheeler End Common and Cadmore End Common Huckenden Pond (also known as Boundary Pond) was restored in 2000 by the now disbanded Wheeler End Conservation Group) is on the list of Things-to-do. Head and Body Pond in the woodlands of Cadmore End Common was re-created in 2004/5 according to old maps, from a very small, water-filled former clay pit.

Moorend Common (SSSI)

There is one Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Lane End, owned by the Parish Council: Moorend Common, an area of ancient woodlands, streams and meadows, where plants rare in the Chilterns grow on acid soils. Until 2003 this SSSI was managed by LECG volunteers in co-operation with English Nature and the Forestry Commission. A volunteer warden is now looking after this common on behalf of Lane End Parish Council (www.laneendparishcouncil.org.uk) together with the Moorend Common Committee.

Many LECG members, young and old, also help to keep the village, and indeed the parish, litter free by picking litter off pavements and footpath, using specially purchased "litter pickers".

Steps created along footpath LE9

In years gone by, LECG members have also created a new pedestrian path along the B482 between Kensham Farm and Cadmore End School and created steps down a very steep footpath (LE9).

More recently, 2007/08, LECG has taken advantage of a scheme run by Bucks County Council in conjunction with the Chiltern Society, whereby stiles on public footpaths are replaced by gates. A gate donated for £250 ensures the installation of two gates. By obtaining permission from landowners, donating some gates from LECG funds and generally promoting this scheme, Lane End Parish has now the greatest number of stile free paths in south Bucks.

Blackwell

The re-building of Blackwell between the old Foundry and Foundry Pond was organized by LECG in co-operation with the parish council and is now looked after by LECG volunteers.





LECG is closely liaising with the relevant local authorities, public bodies and landowners and enjoys the support of the Chilterns Conservation Board, Bucks County Council, Wycombe District Council and Lane End Parish Council.