The project is operated from our Leighton Buzzard office which can be contacted for more information by email, by telephoning 01525-378101 or writing to the Ouzel Valley Project at Suite 5, The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HD.

Leighton Buzzard is set to grow in size by some 12% over the coming years.  This has led to a review of the Green Infrastructure of open space, public paths and the environment around the town.  The 2004 review of the South Bedfordshire District Council Local Plan identified the value of the floodplains surrounding the River Ouzel and Grand Union Canal.  Their floodplain character protects them from development, they have a valuable fauna and flora and they bring the countryside into the centre of town.  The project partnership, comprising the Trust, the town, district and county councils, the Environment Agency, British Waterways and Sustrans, was set up to implement the policy.  The strategy document explains the approach and what has already been achieved in more detail. 

In addition to the physical acquisition of segments of land to complete the public access corridor, the Trust has developed proposals for improvement of the environment, developed the access path network and managed the design and implementation of bridge works.