Activities

Colne Valley Festival Fortnight 2022

A full programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy across the whole Colne Valley.

Volunteer Task at Hardings Row Nature Reserve

Volunteer Task at Hardings Row Nature Reserve

Sunday 10 Jul 2022

Hardings Row Nature Reserve, Iver Heath

Conservation activities will be discussed and decided upon by the group at the start of the session. Join us for some fresh air, exercise and good company and help make a positive impact on this precious green space.

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Volunteer task at Northmoor Hill Woods

Volunteer task at Northmoor Hill Woods

Sunday 10 Jul 2022

Northmoor Hill Wood Nature Reserve, Denham

A great practical excuse to visit these amazing woods. Join us for some fresh air, exercise and good company and help make a positive impact on this precious green space.

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Boat Trips from Batchworth Lock Canal Centre (RWT)

Boat Trips from Batchworth Lock Canal Centre (RWT)

Sunday 24 Jul 2022 - Saturday 6 Aug 2022

Batchworth Lock Canal Centre, Rickmansworth

Enjoy a gentle cruise on the narrowboat, Pride of Batchworth and a view of the Colne Valley from the Grand Union Canal.

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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

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 in September 2022.

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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Thank you to the Colne Valley Volunteers

We’d like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Colne Valley Volunteers as well as all the other amazing volunteer groups helping to look after our beautiful regional park!
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Grundon lends a helping hand to the Colne Valley Park

Grundon Waste Management are a long term supporter of the Colne Valley Park, learn more about how much we value their practical support.
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Join the Colne Valley Team in the battle against Invasive Species

The Colne Valley Team are working hard to reduce Invasive Species which are growing abundantly in the Colne Valley Park, damaging our native eco system. This takes determination as these species are very effective at spreading. Invasive Species week which runs from 16th-22nd May 2022 has inspired the team to redouble their efforts.
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Bluebell and Springtime walks with the Colne Valley Park

If you live locally then why not take a springtime bluebell walk and visit one of the wonderful woodlands in the Park that shares this this gorgeous spectacle but be warned – they don’t last for long, typically, bluebells appear from mid-April to late May, depending on the weather.
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Explore your Colne Valley Park – Spring 2022 edition is ready!

Welcome to our Spring newsletter with details of the challenges of protecting the Park and the local rivers and lots more, project updates, events, local walks and why you should get involved with your Colne Valley Park this Spring! Collect a copy from our Riverside café at the Visitor Centre in Denham Country Park or take a break and read the latest edition online here.
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Colne Valley Curiosities

A collection of the "curiosities" in the Colne Valley Park: some photographs and explanations.