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Elsdale Floating Classroom
Projects at the Colne Valley Park


Groundwork South act as the Colne Valley Park's Managing Agent. Part of their role is to work with the Friends of the Colne Valley Park and other organisations to bring in external funding to implement projects that help achieve the 6 objectives of the Colne Valley Park.

Examples of current projects can be seen below.

Groundwork is leading a partnership of organisations in a bid to bring over £2m into the Colne Valley Regional Park and neighbouring areas! The Scheme is called ‘Colne Valley – Landscape on the Edge’ and covers an area of 126km2 In November 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Development Stage funding which will support the partnership in developing the detail. Ewa Prokop (Programme Manager) will be in post until March 2018 to help partners pull together all the information required. The partnership will learn whether it has been successful with the bid in June 2018. The Delivery Stage will then run for a period of three years.
Through the Scheme the partnership will take steps to bring a cherished landscape back from the brink of irreversible decline by coordinating conservation work as well as help connect communities with heritage and enable them to take responsiblity for it. The aims are:
- To restore and strengthen the landscape character and its visibility, focussing on key habitats intrinsic to the landscape, providing resilience and the ability to sustain the landscape in the long term.
- To reconnect local communities with the heritage, raising awareness of the Colne Valley to more and a wider range of people through learning activities, information and interpretation resources, cultural events and volunteering.
- To invest in skills to enable the stewardship, at grassroots level, of the landscape based on a specialised and locally specific volunteer and training plan.
- To create a robust, active and effective partnership for managing the landscape beyond the life of the Landscape Partnership Scheme.
At present 21 projects have been identified under 4 themes:
- Preventing Water Voles from Being Extinct Project
- Invasive Species Project
- River Floodplain and Connectivity Project
- River Signage Project
- Weir Today, Gone Tomorrow Project
- Angling & Nature Conservation Project
- Conservation Grazing Project
- Positive Management Project
- River Wardens Project
- Water Saving Project
- Your Town/Village in the Colne Valley Project
- Community Support Group Project
- Ancient Woodlands Interpretation Project
- Flowing Through the Colne Project
- Walks Through a Changing Landscape Project
- Windows to the Valley Project
- Spatial Vision Project
- Improving the Interface between Town & Country Project
- A Bridge to the Country Project
- Completing the Missing Links Project
- Colne Valley Trail Project.
As part of the development of the Landscape Partnership a Landscape Character Assessment has been produced for the Colne Valley Regional Park
For more information about the project please see our LCAP document. 
Contact: Ewa Prokop (Programme Manager)
Office: Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham Country Park
Main switchboard: 01895 832662 Ext. 228


Aerial View of Lakes  

50 Years of the Unofficial Countryside will bring to life the industrial heritage that shaped the Colne Valley Regional Park through a collection of oral memories and photographs.


If you or you know someone that has memories or photographs of places such as quarry works, watercress farms, grazing marsh or living and working in the regional park which contributed to shapping the Park's landscape we want to hear from you.

The project will also aim to engage with the public through:

  • Presentations to community groups 

  • Creating an interactive webpage to hold the industrial heritage collection 

  • Create new interpretation stations at three sites

  • Produce a  Industrial Heritage Trail Book with walks focused around the industrial heritage collected.

  • Guided walks of industrial trails

Oral Memories

Listen to the 50 Years of the Unofficial Countryside Oral Memories


Podcast Series

Listen to the 50 Years of the Unofficial Countryside Podcast Series


Landscape Links

Harmondsworth Moor

Little Britain Lake

Canal Waterways

Rickmansworth Lakes



For more information on how you could help please contact Fiona Brewer at or on 07889756168




Northmoor Hill Woods and Caps Woods

The Colne Valley Park CIC has taken over the 99 year lease on both these woods from Buckinghamshire County Council and will be caring for the woods for the benefit of the local community and the wildlife.


Northmoor Hill Woods is an important geological site. Refer to the Bucks Earth Heritage Group for more detail.


There will be regular conservation days, which we hope local people will join to help us care for the Woods. The other way people can show their support is by donating via Local giving or by joining via the Friends.

Please find the latest Denham Woods newsletter here.


Cole Valley Charter2015 was the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the 50th anniversary of the Colne Valley Park. Some people think that the Magna Carta may have actually been sealed on the north side of the Thames at Ankerwycke in what is now the Colne Valley Park”

Loosely based on the Magna Carta, the Colne Valley Charter presents a vision for the Colne Valley as "....high quality countryside, waterscapes, villages, green spaces and other amenities that provide a regionally significant destination....." 

The Colne Valley Charter has been signed by local MP's council leaders and the Chairman of the Colne Valley Park CIC.

It is the 50th anniversary of the Colne Valley Regional Park and we will be celebrating and promoting the Regional Park with the grateful aid of some funding from the Heathrow Community Fund.


We will be taking our Road Show to Festivals all over the park throughout the year and telling as many people as possible about the Colne Valley. There will also be a whole host of smaller events like walks, talks and children's activities to make sure as many people as possible can join in and celebrate with us. 


Sign up to our events guide on the home page of this website or keep an eye on the Events page to make sure you don't miss out. 


Supported by:


Heathrow Community Fund


In 1982 a photographic survey record was made of the entire area of the Colne Valley Regional Park by visiting every map reference grid intersection. This project aims to repeat this exercise in order to record how the landscape is changing.



There are many activities taking place to involve individuals and communities who care about the Park. In particular, there is a 2 year program of family activities scheduled to raise awareness of the project to engage communities throughout the Colne Valley to learn about its heritage features and discover their own landscape views and special places.

Funded by the National Lottery through 'Sharing Heritage'.

Click here to download a Landscape Camera Flyer.




School Quarry Visit

The Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre provides all the facilities you need for a successful trip including a small shop and toilets.  There is also a car park and an area for coaches to park.

Outdoor programmes

Iver Environment Centre run the outdoor program at the Visitor Centre all year round but do get very busy in the summer so book early to avoid disappointment.

Schools are also able to come and do their own visits.  Denham Country Park is ideal for river dipping, river studies and nature walks, and we also have developed a junior and senior orienteering course.  Maps are available for purchase from the Visitor Centre, and we have compasses that can be hired withprior arrangement.

For more information on the education program please call Richard Pollard or Kate Masters on 01895 270730

Iver Environment Centre

Iver Environment Centre is set in 2.5 acres and is staffed by a team of professional educators, rangers and horticultural therapists, and is assisted by a dedicated group of hard working volunteers.

The centre offers environmental education for schools, special needs programmes and holiday activities.  To find out more click here.