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Funders and partners

The Connecting People with the Colne Valley project was funded by City Bridge Trust.

We worked with partners including:
Colne Valley Regional Park
London Wildlife Trust
Hillingdon Borough Council


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Connecting People with the Colne Valley

Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve in the Colne ValleyStocker's Lake Nature Reserve in the Colne Valley

The Colne Valley is the first significant area of countryside to the west of London with over 200 miles of river and canal, 60 lakes, farmland, meadows and woodland. Its open spaces and nature reserves are little known by some local residents though.

What the Trust is doing

The Connecting People with the Colne Valley project ended in July 2014. 

Working in partnership with Groundwork South, London Borough of Hillingdon and London Wildlife Trust, the project aimed to encourage local people to discover wildlife in the Colne Valley through events, volunteering opportunities and new educational materials.

Activities focussed on ten different nature reserves and country parks in the Colne Valley Regional Park, for which new factsheets were produced:

These included the Trust's reserves in the area - Stocker's Lake, Broadwater Lake, Uxbridge Alderglade and Old Park Wood; London Wildlife Trust's reserves - Frays Farm Meadows & Denham Lock Wood and Frays Island & Mabey's Meadow; London Borough of Hillingdon's Minet Country Park and Little Britian Lake, and the Colne Valley Regional Park's Denham Country Park.

Community Engagement

The project led a number of guided walks, species identification workshops, children's activities and promoted the Colne Valley through talks to local community groups and attending local community events.


Volunteers have been recruited to help us look after our nature reserves in the Colne Valley and help us survey for different species such as water voles, butterflies and bats.


Current Events and Volunteering in the Colne Valley


What's on

Rustic Reindeer Workshop

Sunday 26th November 2017,
10.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: Panshanger Park

This event is now fully booked...

See all events


  • Barbastelle Bat Project

    Wednesday 22nd November, 2017

    Barbastelle Roost (c) Russell Savory & Nexus Imaging Ltd

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  • Panshanger Park wins coveted restoration award

    Tuesday 31st October, 2017

    The Trust and Tarmac with the award

    Read full story

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