CELEBRATE PARK’S 50TH BIRTHDAY
50 years of Colne Valley
FAMILY FAVOURITE: Youngsters enjoying the park in a scene from what is thought to be the 1970s A COUNTRY park is urging people to make donations to it to help it kick-off its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Colne Valley Park, which covers 43 square miles of countryside and farmland to the west of London, including much of Denham, was founded in 1965, meaning that it has been running for 50 years.
The park, which is under threat from HS2, aims to protect and promote local wildlife and countryside and welcomes thousands of visitors each year who come along to enjoy it and to take part in the various events which take place there.
The first major event to take place at the park this year will be an opportunity for people to donate money to the park to take place next month, when every £5 donation made to it will be doubled.
The event is part of a campaign entitle Give Me 5 Match, and means that 1,000 £5 donations will be doubled.
It takes place on Wednesday, February 25 and is designed as a way of giving the park as much support as possible, with funds raised being used to help protect the countryside in the park, as well as improving services there.
The park aims to use the funds to specifically benefit Caps Wood in Denham, the Colne Valley Visitor Centre, its central walks and to help its petition in the fight against HS2.
HISTORY: An artist’s drawings of scenes from what would become the Colne Valley Park in 1894
Stewart Pomeroy from Colne Valley Park said: “We’re excited to part of Give Me 5 and hope that the local community will show their support for the countryside around where they live, such as Denham and Iver.
“Each matched £5 donation will help us with our mission to protect and improve the beautiful Colne Valley. The campaign will help us to maximise the opportunity for wildlife, the landscape and for people.”
Those wishing to donate to the fund can do so at www.localgiving.com/ charity/colnevalleypark.
More special events at the park will be announced in the coming months.