Activities

Bringing the Colne Valley Indoors

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

CANCELLED Halloween Trail at Denham Country Park

Saturday 24 Oct 2020 - Sunday 1 Nov 2020

Ghoulish ghosts have stolen the Colne Valley Heron’s  pumpkins from his pumpkin patch! Can you help him find them?

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Path clearance volunteer day - Colnbrook

Saturday 7 Nov 2020

Have you considered volunteer with Colne Valley Regional Park? Why not join us for our conservation volunteer days and help us look after our nature spaces in the Colne Valley. 

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Path maintenance volunteer day - Arthur Jacobs Nature Reserve

Saturday 14 Nov 2020

Have you considered volunteer with Colne Valley Regional Park? Why not join us for our conservation volunteer days and help us look after our nature spaces in the Colne Valley. 

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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

Caring for our rivers in the Colne Valley Park

We have an amazing and vitally important network of beautiful rivers and waterways in the Colne Valley, and the Park’s River Rangers play a crucial role in keeping them in good condition. Our project manager for rivers, Chloe Crompton describes the Rangers as the heroes of our waterways: their work includes carrying out essential riverfly surveys to help us monitor the health of the rivers, and they are often the first to spot and report any signs of pollution.

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.

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Favourite Autumn and Winter walks in the Colne Valley Regional Park

Nature is putting on an amazing display of Autumn colours right now. Could she be telling you to leave your screen, get out there and enjoy some fresh air and exercise? Here are some places to walk suggested by the Colne Valley Park team.
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Nature Explorer Activities

We may not be allowed to do too much socialising at the moment, but getting outside and letting nature inspire you to get creative is a great option with some of our activities...
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Floating Pennywort – The not-so-lucky pennies covering our rivers

One of many projects Colne Valley Regional Park is leading on is to educate people about species that are harmful for our ecosystem and some can be harmful for people if they get in contact with them. These species are called non-native invasive species, and one of them is the Floating Pennywort, which we aim to educate you about in this article.
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Walking the Ivers

The Iver & District Countryside Association have been working on an interesting project they have named ‘Walking the Ivers’. This is a new idea to encourage local people to walk and explore their local countryside and rights-of-way. Find out more here with some real-time video clips on you tube of places to explore and enjoy in the parish of Iver.
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Bird and Bat Boxes in the Colne Valley Park

The Colne Valley Regional Park is full of habitats that are ideal for our winged wildlife, namely bats and birds. These fascinating animals can be seen in towns and cities, in woodlands, meadows, on lakes and just about everywhere else in the valley.In a time of increasing urbanisation, we are doing our bit to give our amazing wildlife a helping hand.
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The Colne Valley Regional Park Annual Forum 2020

In place of the the Annual Forum 2020 we bring you the Colne Valley Virtual Forum, an update on our work across the Colne Valley Regional Park. Here you will find really positive stories and more information about some of the challenges facing this fragile, precious though constantly threatened landscape.