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Bug Hunt Trail - Half Term Activity

Saturday 25 May 2019 - Sunday 2 Jun 2019

Denham Country Park, Denham

It’s Spring and Denham Country Park is alive with all kinds of bugs. The Colne Valley Heron wonders if you can find all the bugs hidden along the trail.

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Creative Writing Workshop - Register your interest

Friday 31 May 2019

Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Denham

Three expert led, creative writing workshops on the The Colne Valley—A Changing Landscape Focusing on [...]

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Volunteer Week - Crown Meadow Conservation Volunteers

Saturday 1 Jun 2019

Crown Meadow, Colnbrook

Volunteers have been working in the Meadow over the last 12 months to improve the meadow for both wildlife and the local community.

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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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National Volunteer Week 2019

Join us at the National volunteer week 2019 aims to celebrate all the hard work of volunteers across the country. Here in the Colne Valley Regional Park we greatly appreciate the hard work of all the volunteers that help look after our precious and historic landscape. To say thank you, we are running a series of events from the 1st to the 7th June 2019 that are free and open to join.

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
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Colne Valley Trail Project

The Colne Valley Trail weaves its way through the heart of the Regional Park and connects the major towns in the Vally including Staines, Uxbridge and Rickmansworth. The trail takes in a variety of habitats including; lakes, woodlands and rivers…
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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.
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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…
Figure 1. Fish and eel passage installed at Thorney weir in Thorney
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Fish Highways

River networks are a fundamentally important habitat. They have shaped the landscape and our relationship with water for millennia. Over time, people have made numerous modifications to watercourses, harnessing them to serve their needs.

From Uxbridge to Orkney

Having just returned from two weeks in the Orkney Islands working on the Ness of Brodgar excavation, it is interesting to return to the Colne Valley and compare the two places.

Neolithic life in the Colne Valley

Early humans often inhabited the floodplains around major river valleys and while the river itself would have provided a means of navigation as well as water for drinking or attracting animals, gravels were also utilised and provided raw materials for one of the most prevalent human artefacts in human history, the flint tool.