Activities

Surprise! It’s BBC Countryfile

Guess who visited the Colne Valley Regional Park recently…… The BBC Countryfile film crew!

Bringing the Colne Valley Indoors

Photos and activities to keep you in touch with the beautiful Colne Valley whilst you are indoors.

Things to do in April outside - Children Activity

Things to do in April outside - Children Activity

Wednesday 14 Apr 2021 - Friday 30 Apr 2021

Get some fresh air and explore nature on your daily exercise. Here are some things you can do while you explore the Colne Valley Park or your local area with your children.

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First Aid Training

First Aid Training

Saturday 24 Apr 2021

Have you ever been in an emergency health situation and wanted to help but not know how? First aid is an important tool in quickly responding to accidents to ensure that injuries can be efficiently and promptly dealt with before a trained medical professional arrives to administer more specialised treatment. Join us and you will learn how to give emergency first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill.

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Penny Worst - Practical volunteer session West Hyde

Penny Worst - Practical volunteer session West Hyde

Saturday 24 Apr 2021

Floating Pennywort is a damaging the aquatic ecosystem in the River Colne and other rivers in the park. We need you help to remove this plant starting with the River Colne. Join us for a good workout and to help restore a happy flowing river system again.  Can you help? Volunteer with us and save our rivers.

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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

Surprise! It’s BBC Countryfile

We were very excited when the Colne Valley Regional Park was featuring on the programme, along with some of our Landscape Partnership Project too, which are supported by the Heritage Lottery.

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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Bluebell and Springtime walks with the Colne Valley Park

If you live locally then why not take a springtime bluebell walk and visit one of the wonderful woodlands in the Park that shares this this gorgeous spectacle but be warned – they don’t last for long, typically, bluebells appear from mid-April to late May, depending on the weather.
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Great Buggy and pram walks in the Colne Valley Regional Park

A walk in the countryside is a great way to keep young children entertained, give them some fresh air, vitamin d, and stimulate their minds by brining them close to nature. Let’s face it young children always sleep better after some fresh air and exercise outside, so it is well worth building a few walks into your family routine and we hope to help with our below list of favourite walks in the Colne Valley Park which are suitable for buggies and prams..
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Keeping the Colne Valley Park beautiful

It has been wonderful to see so many people really enjoying their local countryside and exploring new areas that they never knew existed. Although most people are respectful of their surroundings, unfortunately we have seen an increase in littering, fly-tipping and thoughtless actions which cause damage and can harm wildlife and cattle.
Tony Booker
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Angling and nature conservation – working in partnership in the Colne Valley Regional Park

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative (CVFC), which represents the interests of angling clubs in the Colne Valley, are working together to celebrate the role anglers play as stewards of wetland environments and to help clubs maximise the potential of their fisheries for both fish and wildlife. Supported by the Colne Valley Landscape Partnership programme funded by Heritage Lottery...
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The Arts Society Gerrards Cross – Children’s Art Competition

You could win a £50 voucher in our art competition! So, dust off your arts and craft stuff, rummage through your mum’s sewing box, check out your recycling and create a memory of your visit to the Colne Valley Park...
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Natural Connections Project Gains Grant from Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Groundwork South and London Borough of Hillingdon submitted a joint bid to the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund for a project entitled ‘Natural Connections : Colne Valley Park’. We are excited to report that our project was approved.