This vibrant regional park, formed in 1965, spans from Rickmansworth in the north, to Staines upon Thames in the south- from Uxbridge in the east, to Slough in the west. Covering 43 square miles the landscape is a mix of bustling towns, green spaces and waterways, it’s the first taste of countryside immediately west of London and is a mosaic of farmland, woodland & water with 200 miles of rivers, canals and over 60 lakes.
For more information on the Colne Valley Regional Park visit www.colnevalleypark.org.uk
We manage the Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company, advising the Board of Trustees on responses to planning applications within the Regional Park and managing a number of green spaces on behalf of the CIC and other partners. We actively develop and manage new initiatives, including the Lottery funded Colne Valley Landscape Partnership and the Colne Catchment Area Network.
The Colne Valley Landscape Partnership
Funded by £1.6m worth of National Lottery funding and a further £900k of local funding, The Landscape Partnership brings together specialist wildlife conservation organisations, local authorities, and regional water companies. Our collective mission is to improve the habitats in the Park and the lives of local people, enabling them to connect with and access the regional park more often and feel the benefits first hand.
Together we are focusing on enhancing the countryside through a diverse and ambitious range of initiatives including measures to help threatened water voles to thrive; conserving wildlife habitats; raising awareness among local people of the need to reduce water consumption and conserve wetland habitats; improving access routes to the area for local people; supporting local conservation groups, and encouraging residents and visitors to celebrate their landscape by getting out and about in it. We will realise 19 new projects in the park by 2022 addressing four broad themes;
- A Landscape of Water, Meadows and Woods
- A Landscape of People
- A Landscape of Connections
- A Landscape of Change
Through this wide ranging scheme, the partnership will take steps to bring a valuable landscape back from the brink of decline by co-ordinating conservation work, and helping connect communities with their heritage, enabling them to understand and take greater responsibility for it.
The Colne Catchment Action Network
We also host the Colne Catchment Action Network (Colne CAN) co-ordinating delivery of a wide variety of landscape management projects including habitat enhancements, weir adaptation to improve fish passage and tackling invasive species problems. As the Colne CAN progresses we will continue to build strong relationships to involve more communities, businesses and local organisations so that we get as many people as possible working to improve our waterbodies. We adopt the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA); an inclusive, civil society-led initiative that works in partnership to maximise the natural value of our river systems.
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