Activities

Colne Valley Festival Fortnight 2021

A full programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy across the whole Colne Valley.

Boat Trips from Batchworth Lock Canal Centre (RWT)

Boat Trips from Batchworth Lock Canal Centre (RWT)

Saturday 24 Jul 2021 - Sunday 8 Aug 2021

Enjoy a gentle cruise on the narrowboat, Pride of Batchworth and a view of the Colne Valley from the Grand Union Canal.

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Life of the Endangered European Eel - Online Workshop

Life of the Endangered European Eel - Online Workshop

Tuesday 27 Jul 2021

Calling Colne Valley volunteers, join us to for a free online workshop exploring magnificent life of the critically endangered European Eel and their conservation efforts with experts from the Zoological Society of London.

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Balsam Bash Harmondsworth

Balsam Bash Harmondsworth

Wednesday 28 Jul 2021

Harmondsworth Moor and the Great Barn, Harmondsworth

Help us remove Himalayan Balsam a non native invasive species which is invading and damaging our rivers and wet woodlands. 

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The Colne Valley Regional Park is the first substantial taste of countryside to the west of London. The Park, founded in 1965, stretches from Rickmansworth in the north to Staines and the Thames in the south, and from Uxbridge and Heathrow in the east, to Slough and Chalfont St Peter in the west.

A mosaic of farmland, woodland & water with 200 km of rivers, canals and over 60 lakes

The Colne Valley Regional Park, formed in 1965 , stretches from Rickmansworth in the north, to Staines and the Thames in the south, Uxbridge and Heathrow in the east, to Slough and Chalfont in the west. Covering 43 square miles the landscape is a mix of bustling towns, green spaces and waterways which are the first taste of countryside immediately west of London.

The Colne Valley Community Interest Company aims to highlight this fantastic and varied area, its history, rich landscape and biodiversity. Many people live, work and visit the Colne Valley, but too few realise it forms part of a vibrant regional park.

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Countryside on your doorstep – Explore the Colne Valley

Spotlight

Improving the Green Belt and its Planning Webinar

The Colne Valley Regional Park hosted a free online webinar on “improving the green belt and its planning” on 6th July 2021.

Landscape Partnership

Colne Valley: ‘A Landscape on the Edge’

We are over halfway through our National Lottery-funded project, to enhance the Colne Valley Regional Park by improving the lives of local people, enabling them to feel better connected to the environment. The above picture shows how far we have come in bringing together wildlife organisations, local authorities, and water companies to achieve the delivery of 19 separate projects, find out more updates on the projects themselves below. The scheme is led by community charity Groundwork South and has a total investment of £2.5 million from the National Lottery Heritage Funding and other funders and is due to finish at the end of 2021.

About the Regional Park

Students at Brunel University London and West London Film and Media CIC created this informative video.

It explores some of the many attractions in the Colne Valley Regional Park, highlighting the practical uses of the land, farming, angling, its many circular walks, and how to support it. The video also deals with the many threats and pressures facing the regional park due to its close proximity to the urban areas of west London, including giant infrastructure projects such as the High Speed 2 railway line.

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Festival Fortnight – Special offers from local Pubs and Cafes in the Colne Valley Park

We are delighted to have the below venues support our Festival with a variety of special offers to enjoy. Which venue, on which date do you fancy visiting?
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Explore your Colne Valley Park – Summer edition is ready!

Welcome to our summer newsletter with details of our Festival Fortnight, The Colne Valley Trail, the challenges of protecting the Park and the local rivers and lots more on why you should get involved with your Colne Valley Park this summer! Collect a copy from our Riverside café at the Visitor Centre in Denham Country or take a break and read the latest edition online here.
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River Pollution – A Serious Problem We Must Not Ignore

The state of our rivers is of great concern. Tony Booker, Chairman of Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative, campaigns tirelessly against pollution, learn more about his fight to protect local rivers and raise awareness of this issue.
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Colne Valley Festival Fortnight 2021

Roll up! Roll Up! For the Colne Valley Fabulous Festival Fortnight
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Thank you to the Colne Valley Volunteers

We’d like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Colne Valley Volunteers as well as all the other amazing volunteer groups helping to look after our beautiful regional park!
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The Arts Society Gerrards Cross – Children’s Art Competition

We had some amazing entries to our Children’s Art Competition in partnership with the Arts Society Gerrards Cross, reflecting the theme: My visit to the Colne Valley Park. Find out who won here ...