2nd May 2019

The Colne Valley landscape has always been vulnerable to change:   from gravel extraction, to farming and agriculture, to digging the canals and building the M25 ‘Walks through a Changing Landscape’ is a project which will celebrate the changing Colne Valley landscape through workshops and publications.

A series of free workshops will enable participants to express their experiences of the Colne Valley landscape through creative writing, photography and art.  Inspiration will come from site visits and the guidance of professional teachers and some the work produced will be selected for e-book or exhibition submission.  The publication of an e-book and exhibitions will provide opportunities for the public to engage with the workshop participants’ work.  Hopefully, generating thought provoking considerations about the changing landscape of the Colne Valley Park.

The project will also be Walking through Time…a team of volunteers will endeavour to interpret the walks from Stephen Springall 1907 book, ‘Walks Around Uxbridge’.   The ‘translated’ walks will be edited for a new walks publication, which will include work from the arts and photography workshops.  The new walks booklet will be made available to the public and in addition with the assistance of volunteers we plan on holding regular walks using the routes from the new booklet.

This is a very exciting project and provides many opportunities for people to volunteer and get involved whether it is attending a workshop or leading a ‘new’ walking route giving other members of the public the chance to experience the changing landscape of the Colne Valley.

To learn more please contact: Fiona Brewer – [email protected]

Art and Photography Online Exhibition

In September 2019, Art and Photography workshops were held as part of the Walks Through a Changing Landscape project.

No experience was required to attend the art and photography workshops lead by experts, Alexandra and Rob respectively – we just hoped that people would come along, capture the landscape of the Colne Valley and enjoy the day. Besides discovering the Colne Valley the aim was to relate the work created by the participants from the Art and Photography workshops to the Stephen Springall 1907 book, Country Rambles Round Uxbridge.

It was hoped that an exhibition would be held to display some of the art and photography from the workshop days but due COVID-19 and the unusual circumstance we are experiencing we are unable able to have a real exhibition at the moment, so we thought that exhibiting the work submitted online would be the next best thing.

Find out more in the link below.

Example of the art work submitted. 

 Springall’s Country Rambles Round Uxbridge

We are following  Stephen Springall’s 1907 book Country Rambles Round Uxbridge and producing a new walk guide that illustrates the changing landscape. It has been an interesting challenge ‘translating’ rambles written over 100 years ago into today’s much changed landscape. We have been busy deciphering Springall’s ‘laney ways’ and ‘rural prettiness’ and testing the walks for the upcoming booklet. Last September, art and photography workshops were held to capture the landscape of the Colne Valley Park today. The aim is to incorporate the art work and photographs into the walks booklet showing some of the landscape changes that have occurred since Springall’s time.

Stephen Springall