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Winter Volunteer Week: Tree management training course

Friday 24 Jan 2020

Denham Country Park, Denham

Join us for a free talk on tree management by professional consulting arborist Russell Ball at Denham Country Park.

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Tim Hill

Wildfowl Identification Workshop

Saturday 25 Jan 2020

Stockers Lake, Rickmansworth

Learn to identify the differences between ducks, geese, herons and more - event organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

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River Walk Training

Saturday 25 Jan 2020

Denham Country Park, Denham

Do you enjoy a stroll along the river?  Do you care about the health of your local rivers? Can you help to protect your local rivers?

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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

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Threats to the Colne Valley

There are many development proposals at the moment, it feels like ‘open season’ on the countryside of the Colne Valley Regional Park. We have been busy over recent weeks working on responses to planning applications and consultations for development proposals. Find out more…

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.

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A lifeline for water voles

It is sad to think that the once prevalent water vole could disappear from our water courses altogether in the future, if current rates of decline in numbers continue.
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New Abstraction Consultation – Affinity Water

The Environment Agency is seeking your views on an application from Affinity Water to vary its groundwater abstraction licence. The deadline to comment on the application is 31st January 2020. The existing licence permits abstraction at three sites near Batchworth, West Hyde and Blackford.
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Explore your Colne Valley Park – Our second edition is ready!

Our first newsletter welcoming you all to explore all the wonderful places and sites of the Colne Valley Park has been created and ready to read. 
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Can you save water and save your local rivers?

Check out the video that was produced by young people at Drip Drop Summer School where we explored the topic of water awareness and conservation in Colne Valley Regional Park.
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Local events for the new year flowing through the valley

Here at the Colne Valley Park, we are keen to introduce people to all areas and rural aspects of the park and that is why every month we will be sharing local rural events across your Regional Park. Please have a look at the local offers and events that are available for you, without having to break the bank or travel too far...
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Lord Randall - President of the Colne Valley Regional Park

Lord Randall has acted as a local MP for 18 years, as well as an environmental advisor to former Prime Minister. He has previously served as a director of the Colne Valley Regional Park Community Interest Company - “The Colne Valley is facing unprecedented threats, and I will do everything I can to protect this precious but fragile landscape for future generations to enjoy.”