Launching the Blackwater Valley River Festival 2019

Blackwater Valley Couuntryside Trust (BVCT) are celebrating 40 years in the valley by hosting a River Festival along the length of the Blackwater Valley from Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th September.

Full events listings and information on booking can be found at The BVCT website

You can meet the Rangers from Blackwater Valley Countryside and get involved in some practical river conservation at the following events:

Tuesday 24th  September: Claycart Woods, Aldershot 

Our Rangers and volunteers will be clearing invasive scrub to open up a flash on the Basingstoke Canal in Wellesley Woodlands. This task will provide a great waterside habitat for animals such as dragonflies who use this SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). We’ll be working on the shore with some boat paddling for those intrepid volunteers.

We’ll meet at 10:15am at Claycart Carpark on north side of A323 Fleet Road, opposite Rushmoor Road. Link to site on a map.

Thursday 26th September:  Tices Meadow, Aldershot

Our Rangers and volunteers will be cutting back Willow saplings and scrub to let light into the to the river diversion to improve the habitat. The task will be a mix of work dry land and some work where welly’s are recommended.

We’ll meet at 10:15am at the main entrance gate at Pea Bridge where Badshot Lea Road crosses the River Blackwater. Link to site on a map

Friday 27th September: Hawley Meadows

Our Rangers and volunteers will be  working with the Environment Agency to continue our programme of installing woody debris in the River Blackwater to increase the biodiversity. There’ll be cutting faggots on shore with others in waders fixing them in the channel.

We’ll meet at 10:15am at the Hawley Meadows car park, on the A331 in Frimley, opposite Watchmoor Park. Link to site on a map

 

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New Volunteer Programme September 2019

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this September 2019.

BVCP Volunteer Task Programme September 2019

What tasks are being run near you?

This month features Blackwater River Festival tasks! Follow the link to find out more about Rivers Week and the free events being run.

BVC volunteers at BBQ 2019

Volunteers from across the Blackwater valley enjoying the Summer BBQ

General task information:

  • We provide tea, coffee, biscuits, tools and training
  • Please bring lunch (if you want to stay for the afternoon) and clothing suitable for the weather
  • If you are under 16 please bring an adult who can stay with you for the task
  • Tasks start at 10:15am at the car park for a chat about the task with the leading Ranger
  • Tea break is at 11:30am, lunch at 1pm and finishing at approximately 3pm
  • You don’t have to stay all day, but we ask that you make it for the start (so you don’t miss the safety talk)

If you’ve never volunteered before and would like to join or simply know more please contact us via;

  • Office number: 01252 331353
  • Email: blackwater.valley@hants.gov.uk

Ranger Jenny

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Bridge reopen

Good News,  Fast work by Surrey CC has enabled an emergency  repair of Hollybush  Bridge so it  back in use.   Full repair to follow, but the path is now reopen

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New Volunteer Programme August 2019

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this August 2019.

BVCP Volunteer Task Programme August 2019

What tasks are being run near you?

This months tasks feature hay cutting!

Blackwater Reach vols hay cutting

Blackwater Valley Volunteers hay cutting at Blackwater Reach

General task information:

  • We provide tea, coffee, biscuits, tools and training
  • Please bring lunch (if you want to stay for the afternoon) and clothing suitable for the weather
  • If you are under 16 please bring an adult who can stay with you for the task

If you’ve never volunteered before and would like to join or simply know more please contact us via;

  • Office number: 01252 331353
  • Email: blackwater.valley@hants.gov.uk

Ranger Jenny

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Hollybush Bridge is closed a diversion in place

We have had to shut the Blackwater Valley Path bridge between Hollybush Park and Hill. We are working with the bridge owner to replace of the bridge deck and make it safe.

In the mean-time please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. Please see the map for a diversion route. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

 

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Successful path cut at Farnborough Gate

On Tuesday we were unexpectedly at Farnborough Gate due to a change in task plans. As you will see from the photos this was a benefit as the path did need a good bit of TLC.

It was a lovely warm day for it and our hard working volunteers really went to work improving the path. Our machinists Paul, Melvyn, Mike and Chris did a quick job of cutting back the vegetation, whilst David, Eric, Sarah, Vic, Tony, Jon, Sean and Gerry tidied up the mess and dealt with the thicker branches the machines couldn’t handle with hand tools and the pole saw. Gillian did fantastic work litter picking the area and we ended up taking five full bags of litter with a couple of cones and a bike.

The before and after photos show the instant gratification the team got from their hard work, the path is now tidy and light. Very well done everyone !

Assistant Ranger Bobbie

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Change of location for Volunteer task tomorrow 09/07/19

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the location and the activity of the volunteer task tomorrow. We try to avoid doing so as much as possible but on this occasion it is unavoidable.

The task (was Queens Avenue) is now going to be cutting back paths at Farnborough Gate North with Bobbie. Please park at the free, public Ringwood Road car park (GU14 8BG) located here:

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Farnborough Gate now has a 4-hour maximum stay so this is the next best thing.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01252 331353 or 07703449287.

Thank you for your understanding.

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