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.
Countryside on your doorstep – Explore the Colne Valley
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.