Activities

Lunch With Santa

Lunch With Santa

Saturday 4 Dec 2021 - Saturday 18 Dec 2021

Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Denham

Santa Claus is coming to town! Christmas Themed Activities followed by Lunch with Santa!

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Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto

Sunday 5 Dec 2021 - Sunday 19 Dec 2021

Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Denham

Santa's here! book a timeslot to get 5 minuets with Santa!

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Future of Rivers - Cancelled

Future of Rivers - Cancelled

Saturday 11 Dec 2021

Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Denham

Rivers have shaped our communities, way of life and industries throughout history. However, humans have also impacted and altered river to fit our demands despite negative ecological effects. Today human actions continue to affect rivers and other watercourses in numerous ways, both seen and unseen but there is hope with simple to complex solutions to restore and enhance our rivers. Join us today for the final workshop of 2021 to summarise the river work this year and look to solutions for a positive future.

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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

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Colne Valley Regional Park urges Government to review Green Belt policy

It's no exaggeration to say the threats against the Colne Valley Regional Park and indeed the Green Belt as a whole, have reached crisis point. We have written to Michael Gove to explain seven positive suggestions for improvement to the government’s planning policy in a bid to relieve the situation.

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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Frays River gets a pass in our first successful Outfall Safari!

With the tides turning on lockdown back in May, our volunteer event days had been slowly trickling back to normality. From Pennywort removals to Balsam bashing, not only were we able to pick up where we left off from last year to help keep our rivers flowing – we were finally able to open the floodgates to start our first Outfall Safari in Colne Valley on the Fray’s River – and what a success it was...
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How about a greener Christmas this year?

This Christmas why not consider buying a gift to increase quality time together or to encourage outdoor activity or begin a journey of wildlife love and discovery. Find out more...
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The Colne Valley Regional Park is Fighting for its Life

The Colne Valley is facing unprecedented pressures and is fighting for its life to maintain its vital role as high quality, wildlife rich, productive and accessible green space for local people. We have sent a briefing note outlining the situation to local MPs and Local Councils.
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What’s New at Woodoaks Farm?

Exciting things are happening at Woodoaks Farm near Maple Cross: they're turning organic. Discover more about what that really means, the history and legacy of the farm, their new dynamic mission and how the Colne Valley Park team are getting involved to support them.
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Goose connections

We work hard to protect the Colne Valley for both wildlife and people – below is the story of some of the geese resident in the Colne Valley written by Mary Pearson one of our amazing volunteers.
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Ambush Corporate Volunteering Day in Northmoor Hill Woods

Ambush Security experienced a corporate volunteering day with us at Northmoor Hill Woods in July. It was a very productive day – they worked hard, achieved a fantastic amount, enjoyed the fresh air, exercise and the chance to relax and talk as a team.