Chilterns charm that’s as pretty as a picture

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A pocket-sized book featuring stunning images of the changing seasons in the Chilterns is being released.

The book called Chiltern Landcapes is also available in an A4 size. It has been created by Cuddington’s 63-year-old Doug Kennedy to offer ‘a snapshot of the hills in the first decade of the noughties, travelling from early spring to snowy winter’.

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He says the images all aim to ‘capture the essence of the Chiltern charm’.

Doug, who moved to Buckinghamshire in 2003, has been a keen photographer for 40 years.

He said: “I put together a one-off photo book for my own interest and friends said I should do something with it. So I produced a larger version to show to the trade.

“Brian Pattinson in Thame Bookhouse and other book sellers thought it was really lovely, and said that they’d sell it.

“So I wrote the text, found printers and a designer and invested a lot of time and money in the project.

“It is now on sale in local shops and will be available in National Trust shops next year.”

The book features 45 images. Each one has an introduction and a map showing where the picture was taken.

There are also sections about the likely impact that HS2 will have on the landscape.

In some respects the book is already a historical record of the Chilterns. One page shows a scene with the European larch wood near Nettlebed which has since been felled because of a fungal disease that is causing a problem nationally.

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