An important High Wycombe woodland has been targeted by arsonists again - prompting anger from hardworking volunteers who help look after the area.

Three signs in Keep Hill Wood - which is managed by Chiltern Rangers - have now been destroyed in a string of arson attacks in the popular woodland.

The latest attempt was just after midday on Saturday, December 7.

Firefighters from High Wycombe descended on the woodland and put the blaze out at 12.30pm.

The unknown arsonists tried targeting the same 'ladder-board' sign earlier in the week but returned at the weekend to destroy it completely.

In September, two signs were decimated in the space of a week, which Chiltern Rangers said would cost £350 to repair and replace.


Chiltern Rangers said this "will not be tolerated" and added that CCTV will be going up in the area to stop it happening again.

On Facebook they said: "Thames Valley Police and High Wycombe fire service are both aware.

"We need to catch and stop the person/s responsible. You can help.

"Did your teenager/young person come home with really muddy shoes and or clothes and smelling of smoke? If so please ask them about it, any evidence can be passed on.

"This has got to stop, it costs money and ultimately it’s the community who loses out.

"If they want to make fire they can come out with us and do it in a controlled way and have a really decent fire which is part of positive habitat management.

"This is arson and won’t be tolerated."

Chiltern Rangers say they have two replacement signs that were ordered and paid for as part of Wycombe District Cllr Alan Hill's ward budget but they will not be installed until the arson attacks are dealt with "for obvious reasons".

Chiltern Rangers is a social enterprise that works with the community to manage and look after the important woodlands, commons, ponds and chalk streams in the Chilterns area - and much of the work is undertaken by a raft of dedicated volunteers.

In May 2011, Keep Hill Wood was declared a Local Wildlife Site in recognition of its value for wildlife.

It is home to an array of wildlife, including at least two badger setts, Chiltern speciality, the nationally scarce coral-root bittercress, wild carrot, oyster fungi, deer and wild parsnip and is popular with walkers.