The Colne Valley Park CIC aims to maintain and improve the Park through practical improvements focussing on the 6 objectives of the Park: landscape, countryside, biodiversity, recreation, rural economy (ie farming) and Community participation.

The landscape of the south of the Colne Valley Park is “A vast come of blue on the map” (Richard Mabey, ‘The Unofficial Countryside’) where the Colne divides into 8 distributaries, the Colne, Colne Brook, Wraysbury, Poyle Channel, Bonehead ditch, Ash, Longford, and Duke of Northumberland (link). In addition, the Horton Drain runs from Pinewood Studios, to join the Thames at Ankerwycke opposite Runnymede.

The landscape is predominantly flat as the Colne enters the Thames Valley and is dominated by several large reservoirs constructed to supply water to London. The Colne, Wraysbury and Bonehead Ditch flow through Staines Moor which remains as a remnant of the former floodplain grazing marsh that covered much of the south of the Colne Valley.

Development proposals including  the Slough Freight Exchange, western rail link, Heathrow third runway and associated infrastructure could dramatically change the landscape over the coming decades.

Explore your local river

There are many attractive walks along our rivers and other waterbodies in the Colne Catchment. A series of circular walks along the rivers, canals and lakes of the Colne Valley Regional Park can be found here.

Thames 21 are holding monthly events along the Rivers Pinn & Fray's  in the London Borough of Hillingdon to enhance the river and its surroundings

All Thames21 events are on www.Thames21.org.uk/events/

Horton Brook rubbish clearfance

Slough Borough Council, Colnbrook with Polye Parish Council, Colnbrook RA, Colnbrook Neighbourhood Action Group, DHL, Pippins School all worked on this Clean for the Queen event, mainly drive through fly tipping. Note – this was only 2 months worth of rubbish as the council cleared the Horton Brook in January!

The Airports Commission report released on 1st July has backed a third runway at Heathrow.

DHL worked with Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council and Groundwork South to clear rubbish out of the Horton Brook on Thursday.

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.