HS2 to hit our closest countryside

Perhaps the easiest way to get to the countryside from King’s Cross is to pop out west towards Denham and surrounding area, just a short train journey or 40 minute-ish drive. Sarah, Green, ex-narrowboat resident of Battlebridge Basin, loved it so much she moved there. Now our closest countryside is at risk from the HS2 development and we can help highlight the importance of the area and have a great day out all at the same time.


A Biodiversity Action Day on Sunday 17th July, meeting near the Little White Bridge north of Denham Deep Lock, has been organised and all are welcome. This is Bridge number 182 on the Grand Union Canal. Get there anytime between 8am and 8pm.  There are masses of dragonflies in the wetlands, fantastic old trees in the woods, a wealth of nature for everyone to see.

Organiser Sarah Green said, “Anyone can join in. Bring your wellies! We want to observe, identify and record as many species as possible, so that HS2 can’t ignore Hillingdon’s wildlife in the Colne Valley.”

Fisherman Bill Stephens, aged 90  said, “This is not even on HS2’s route. This is a land-grab. HS2 is claiming nature reserves and public amenity land, to use for things like heavy vehicle access, depots and removal of spoil and rubble.”

If you can’t get there on the day, you can still help by photographing and lodging records of your plant and wild-life sightings whenever you are in the area. Please let everyone know about the fantastic biodiversity of the Colne Valley.

HS2 would obliterate some of the best loved countryside and wildlife in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Ancient woodland, wetland and meadow would go from Denham Country Park, Frays Valley Nature Reserve, as would some idyllic sections of the Grand Union Canal. See https://www.facebook.com/colne.valley.750 for more information.

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. http://www.cookiewp.com She also manages King's Cross Community Projects http://www.kccp.org.uk
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3 Responses to HS2 to hit our closest countryside

  1. In Bill Bryson’s latest book “The Road to Little Dribbling” he shows what a ludicrous waste of money HS2 is, when the area of the country that really needs a new, fast train line is the West Country. Trains to Devon and Cornwall are painfully slow.

    • Chris says:

      Are you insane, what’s the population of Cornwall? HS2 is ESSENTIAL to increase capacity between our major cities, there is no capacity issue in Cornwall that’s going to justify billions of pounds. As for this post, talk about a lame attempt to crowbar HS2 into an unrelated blog.

      • Sophie Talbot says:

        Hi Chris,
        We have carried news about HS2 previously as it will have a massive impact locally. The area around Euston including parts of Drummond Street (the Camden equivalent of Brick Lane) and the Regent’s Park housing estate will be torn down with many people losing their homes and community. It wasn’t so much an attempt to crow bar HS2 into this site, more an attempt to crow bar Denham Country Park into it – and I am guilty of that!

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