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Participatory events are an essential part of creating the shared vision for the Stour Valley Park project. Since the beginning of the project we have been organising events in person and online to engage people in discussions and exercises to shape the SVP. View below to see upcoming public events and book you place.

Details of previous events can be found further down the page, with records of conversations and outcomes linked to each.

January 29th 10:00-13:00, Throop & Holdenhurst Area

St Johns Church Hall
Holdenhurst Village Road
Holdenhurst Village

N.B. This event is now at capacity but you can register to join the waitlist by clicking on the button.

Join us on the 29th of January at St Johns Hall in Holdenhurst Village to envision how the Throop and Holdenhurst area can fit into the Stour Valley Park project. Throop and Holdenhurst villages are a jewel in the Stour Valley region, with numerous buildings and other features dating back centuries. This place is a popular destination for visitors to the valley, and is of great cultural and historical value to the region.

Governance Workshops

As we continue on the journey of the Stour Valley Park we shift our attention now to the theme of Governance.

Over the next 3 months we are hosting 3 public workshops to explore this theme. All workshops will be hosted online via Zoom video conferencing software, and you can book your place by clicking on the buttons below.

Governance Workshop #1, January 27th, 19:00-20:30

The aim of the first governance workshop is to identify priorities, benefits and risks that the Stour Valley Park could bring based on the vision that has been developed through our work so far.

After a brief recap, we will be focusing on identifying what elements under the SVP vision will require some form of governing, and to identify priorities among these. This will initiate a process through which actual decisions on roles and governance structure can be made further down the line.

Governance Workshop #2, February 10th, 13:00-14:30

In the second workshop, we will explore roles and relationships between existing entities/stakeholders involved in and affected by the SVP vision, and identify where there are governance gaps that need to be filled in order for the SVP become a reality.

This will aid us in understanding who will need to be involved in making particular kinds of decisions within the SVP.

Governance Workshop #3, March 3rd 14:00-15:30

In the third workshop will begin with the presentation of a synthesis based on the topics we explored in the previous two sessions, with the aim of reflecting back and testing the implications of our collective findings.

This is meant to clarify what necessary steps need to be taken and how all involved parties might best be organised to begin the process of implementing the SVP vision.

Public Workshops

Public workshops are an essential part of the process leading up to the creation of the Stour Valley Park. So far we have invited the public to join several events and explore the possibilities and potential of this project. These events took place on the 2nd, 4th and 6th of February 2021. If you'd like to browse the results of the discussions in these workshops, you can do so by clicking on the links below.

We will be announcing more public workshops in the near future, and we need your participation to carry on moving the Stour Valley Park forwards. Please sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with announcements.

Records of Sessions

Clicking the links below will take you to the digital whiteboards used in our public sessions. Please be aware that when viewing online, there is an option to zoom in on responses to get a better view. This can be done via the magnification controls located in the bottom right of the browser window.

2nd of February 2021 results available here

4th of February 2021 results available here

6th of February 2021 results available here


If you'd like to add any further comments to the results of the public sessions so far, then please do so via the form below. If you have general comments or suggestions unrelated to these sessions, please use the contact form.

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