CEL­E­BRATE PARK’S 50TH BIRTH­DAY

50 years of Colne Val­ley

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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