Neolithic life in the Colne Valley

In the last blog post I made comparisons between the landscapes of Orkney and the landscapes of the Colne Valley during the Early Neolithic.  The practices of daily life for those people were, as they still are, fundamentally interconnected with the environment they inhabited, and around the Colne Valley these would have been significantly influenced…

Colne Valley Park Annual Walk – 17 September 2017

Paul Graham, Director of the Colne Valley CIC, led this year’s annual Colne Valley Park walk, which explored 5 miles of countryside, including working and derelict farms. The walk showed off some of the best features of the Colne Valley Park, whilst highlighting the successes and difficulties of farming in the urban fringe of Iver….

From Uxbridge to Orkney

Having just returned from two weeks in the Orkney Islands working on the Ness of Brodgar excavation (see link to my blog entry and other dig diaries), https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/dig-diary-friday-july-7-2017/, it is interesting to return to the Colne Valley and compare the two places.  For someone living in 2017, July in Uxbridge could not be any more different…

The Invisible Landscape of our Prehistoric Past (The Early River Valley)

One of the lesser known aspects of the Colne Valley Park are the details of its rich archaeological heritage which span thousands of years and include a significant prehistoric landscape not incomparable with Stonehenge and Avebury! The park would once have been part of a major network of river terraces occupied at various times of…

Denham Country Park

Home to the Colne Valley Visitor Centre and nestled in the middle of the Colne Valley sits Denham Country Park. With almost 70 acres of meadows, rivers, canals, lakes and woods the Park provides enough variety to cater to everyone’s taste. Whether you are walking the towpath from Cowley, Uxbridge or Rickmansworth, going for a hack…

February Half Term Events

In typical British fashion, the weather is unable to make up its mind. Snow flurries one minute and sunshine the next. But, with half term upon us, there’s one thing for certain, and that children will have energy to burn. Luckily, we have lots of lovey family activities for this very eventuality! Black Park Please click…

Public Exhibition – Reducing the Impact of HS2

If you live in or around the Colne Valley, you will be well aware that HS2 in in danger of drastically affecting our countryside. The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel is working tirelessly to limit these changes, and we need your help. HS2 has allocated £3 million for projects that will benefit the Colne Valley, and we want your input…

Colne Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme

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…