Activities

Bringing the Colne Valley Indoors

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

Volunteer day at Arthur Jacobs Nature Reserve

Saturday 12 Dec 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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Volunteer day at Hardings Row Nature Reserve

Sunday 13 Dec 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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Volunteer day at Northmoor Hill Woods Denham

Sunday 13 Dec 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’

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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Nature’s Space Invaders

The watercourses are the blue veins of the Colne Valley Regional Park, providing a lifeline for all wildlife, encouraging a diversity of aquatic and terrestrial species and giving a vital source of water, recreation and relaxation for us humans, too. Sadly, they face many challenges and threats, main ones are over-abstraction, pollution, high water consumption and the widespread problem of non-native invasive species (NNIS) our ‘space invaders’ Find out how we are helping....
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Photo Competition – with you enjoying the Colne Valley Regional Park

Afternoon tea anyone? It's competition time and we would love your help to inspire people with the beauty of the countryside right on our doorstep with your photos of people enjoying the Colne Valley Park...
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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. 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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River Ash Improvement Project

The River Ash is a distributary of the River Colne which flows for 10km between Staines and Shepperton. It was once a natural river but has been directly impacted by urbanisation resulting in many of the river’s natural features being lost and the valuable habitat it once offered to wildlife becoming degraded. The Colne Valley Regional Park has worked with Spelthorne Council, The Environment Agency and Spelthorne Natural History Society to successfully deliver a project to re-naturalise the River Ash adjacent to Bronzefield Prison in Ashford.
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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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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.