Activities

Pennywort Pull: Harmondsworth Moor

Pennywort Pull: Harmondsworth Moor

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Harmondsworth Moor and the Great Barn, Harmondsworth

Come help us clear the River Colne of the invasive floating pennywort at Harmondsworth Moor! This plant causes huge problems, removing it is the best way to control infestations and stop its spread.

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Invasive Species Surveying Training Course

Invasive Species Surveying Training Course

Thursday 23 May 2024

Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Denham

Join our training session and learn about non-native invasive species, including how to identify them and survey for them. Then come on a walk in Denham Country park to put what you've just learnt into practice.

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Harmondsworth Barn Open Day

Harmondsworth Barn Open Day

Sunday 26 May 2024

The Great Barn, Harmondsworth Barn, Harmondsworth

Explore this medieval barn on the former Manor Farm in the village of Harmondsworth, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, it is open from 11am to 4pm on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

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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 Park Trust 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

Why we need to protect the Colne Valley Regional Park

Act now to secure its legacy and potential!

Your Countryside in Crisis – a call for action!

The Colne Valley Regional Park is amongst the most pressurised parts of the Green Belt.  The Green Belt is seen by the market as a good development opportunity as there is a vacuum of policy addressing development pressures/‘needs’.

We have been advocating solutions over the last few years and are grateful to those in positions of power who have listened, understood and acted. But unfortunately our efforts to promote proper political understanding and buy-in are still not cutting through with key decision-makers. Therefore we have launched a campaign.

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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How can national planning policy be adapted to improve and restore the green belt?

Our President Lord Randall chaired a workshop focusing on how national planning policy can be adapted to help improve and restore the countryside on the edge of major cities.
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Donate Now to Support our ‘Countryside in Crisis’ Campaign

Exciting news! Give to our charity appeal this week and Big Give’s Green Match Fund will DOUBLE your donation.
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Trees planted at Iver Environment Centre thanks to Bosch

Iver Environment Centre and Colne Valley Regional Park were delighted to host visitors from Bosch UK last month to carry out tree surveys and maintenance on some new saplings which were planted in the playground and to make a new maze.
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Gladwins Wood

The Colne Valley Regional Park is horrified at the destruction of Gladwins Wood in Denham, located between Tatling End and Rush Green part of a network of irreplaceable ancient woodlands between Denham, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peter and Maple Cross.
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The Colne Valley Regional Park – what we need is Joined Up Thinking

Jerry Unsworth an independent planning consultant advising the Colne Valley Regional Park makes the case for genuine joined-up thinking when it comes to planning on the urban fringe.
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Green Skills Team Work In Deerwood Park in Slough in Partnership with SEGRO

In partnership with SEGRO, Groundwork South has recently completed another Green Skills Team Project in Slough. This is a six-week programme in which unemployed individuals from the Slough area spend two days a week learning practical conservation skills and also attend sessions to improve their employability.