Colne Valley Park covers 40 square miles hosting over 200km of river and canals with over 60 lakes. Watercourses are an important feature in the Colne supporting an amazing variety of wildlife while providing the public with drinking water as well as opportunities for business and recreation.
In the 21st century our water system is under threat due to climate change, urbanisation, pollution events, high water consumption, spread of invasive species as well as large scale development projects such as HS2 and Heathrow expansion. As part of Colne Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme we are looking to raise awareness on the importance of our local rivers, the threats they face and provide opportunities for local communities and visitors to connect with their local watercourses. Colne Valley Regional Park has complicated interwoven water network consisting of five rivers, the grand union canal and numerous ditches and waterbodies. The aim of this River Signage project is to install interpretation boards and plaques along the rivers to provide information on the river network for the passing public so that they feel a better sense for place and have improve knowledge of the river network.
We are working in conjunction with Black Park Shed for the River Signage Project to produce beautiful wooden carved signs for the rivers across Colne valley regional park. Black Park Shed is a community spaces for people to connect, converse and create, activities are based mainly around woodwork.. After seeing their beautiful wood work, we have commissioned them to produce hand carved wooden signs to be positioned over bridges and along footpaths to showcase the rivers, check out the logo they produced. The first 10 signs will be created for the River Misbourne, River Colne and Wraysbury River with more following when secured further locations. If you know of any locations which would like signs please contact Chloe and let her know.