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Life at the Lake

Thursday 25 Jul 2019

Stocker’s Lake, Rickmansworth

Every Thursday during the school holidays come along to explore the fascinating life found around and under the surface of Stocker's Lake. These events are organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Affinity Water.

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Colne Valley Festival 28th of July

Sunday 28 Jul 2019

Denham Country Park, Denham

Colne Valley Park Festival - FREE Entry  At the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre July [...]

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Drip Drop Summer School

Monday 12 Aug 2019 - Thursday 15 Aug 2019

Iver Environment Centre, Slough

Do Something creative this summer! Join us and make a film on water saving using [...]

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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 miles 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

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Happy cattle in Stocker’s Lake

The Dexter cattle were reintroduced to Stocker’s Lake meadows after an absence of many decades. It was a delight to see the first three being released from the corral into the meadow. Shy for a second, they were soon quickly enjoying their new-found freedom, jumping and running around in excitement. When the second batch was released, the herd reunited in the middle of the field, touching noses in greeting.

Landscape Partnership

Colne Valley: ‘A Landscape on the Edge’

A 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. Bringing together wildlife organisations, local authorities, and water companies, this scheme is led by community charity Groundwork South, will run until 2021, and has National Lottery Heritage Funding of £1.63m and an additional £870k invested in its delivery.

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.

Colne Valley Regional Park in June 2019 - Newsletter

Colne Valley Regional Park has been busy in June. We have had many young people and adults visiting  and learning about Colne Valley Regional Park, the Misbourne River and the importance of saving water. Find out more in our newsletter.
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Happy cattle in Stocker’s Lake

The Dexter cattle were reintroduced to Stocker’s Lake meadows after an absence of many decades. It was a delight to see the first three being released from the corral into the meadow. Shy for a second, they were soon quickly enjoying their new-found freedom, jumping and running around in excitement. When the second batch was released, the herd reunited in the middle of the field, touching noses in greeting.
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Events flowing through the Colne Valley - The Amigos Social Group

A big part of our work involves spreading the word about the many projects currently under way across the Colne Valley Regional Park. Fiona Brewer, our Events and Interpretation Officer, spent some time with the Amigos Social group that caters for those with visual impairments and meets once a month at Christ Church in Uxbridge.
Colne Valley Regional Park
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Positive Management Project

The Landscape Partnership: In 2018, The Colne Valley Regional Park was successful in its bid for £1.6m worth of National Lottery funding. This will be augmented by a further £900k of local funding.
Child foraging
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15 Amazing Things to do in Colne Valley Regional Park

Walk along the canal. The Grand Union Canal runs through the Colne Valley from West Drayton to Rickmansworth. It has miles of towpath on which you can walk or cycle, and offers beautiful, serene views of the countryside. Boat down the…