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.