Clearing windblown trees from the storm

I’ve just returned from Rushmoor Bottom in Wellesley Woodland where we had a chunky Downy Birch fall over one of the roads. Kindly Jenny, Matt, Bobbie & Liam took a break from their tree works in Southwood Country Park to lend a hand to get it chainsawed up.

Now time for a quick cuppa then I’m popping out to check a report of a tree down in Puckridge.

Senior Ranger Stuart

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First Volunteer Programme of 2020

Please click the link below to discover Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership’s programme of volunteer tasks this January 2020.

BVCP Volunteer Task programme Jan 2020

What tasks are being run near you?

This month features hedge laying and two trips to a new area in Cove Brook called Cheyne Woods.

the-tuesday-hedging-volunteers

Hedge laying at Moor Green Lakes

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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Wishing you a Welly Christmas

Yesterday our entire Blackwater Valley Team and 20 volunteers descended on the Wellington Monument for our famous Christmas task and BBQ.

The Christmas Task team

Despite the decidedly damp weather everyone was eager to get going. We cleared invasive trees and laurel to open up the view of the statue and mound, and make the summit path more welcoming. We also made the access easier by improving some steps.

Loading Laurel onto the trailer at the start of the day

Where’s the Laurel gone?

For lunch we gathered around the BBQs to tuck into some warming grub, followed by Christmas presents and thank yous. Our volunteers do an amazing job making our work throughout the Blackwater Valley possible, and I would like to thank them again for all their much appreciated support.

I was also very proud of the BVCP team who made the event possible, and cooked our tasty lunch.

Drying out at the end of the day by the fire

Senior Ranger Stuart

 

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Bridging the gap at Tices Meadows

A few weeks back Blackwater Valley Partnership worked with our volunteer group and the Tices Bird Group to install a 70 meter path and culvert. The purpose of the path and Culvert is to help get from the Houses to the new installed Pedestrian bridge.

As you can see from the pictures above the path was very muddy and on very wet days impassable due to the river levels rising by the kissing gate and flooding the path. The Blackwater Valley Volunteers dug in a culvert in the lowest point by the Kissing gate to help with the flow of water to help stop it flooding.

In total we used 20 tonne of type 1 aggregate and managed to get this all installed in 3 days with the invaluable help of both volunteer groups on some very wet days!

I would like to thank all who helped in this fantastic project.

Ranger Stu.

 

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New Volunteer Programme December 2019

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

BVCP Volunteer Task Programme Dec 2019

What tasks are being run near you?

This month features our annual Christmas task and BBQ!

Hawley Meadows CP clearance 2

Throwback to sunnier times when the group were at Hawley Meadows cutting back the sight lines. Thank you Paul for the photo

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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Rowhill Christmas Walk Sunday 1st December

Senior Ranger Stuart

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Plucking the Parrot’s Feather

On Wednesday 23rd October, Ranger Jenny, Assistant Ranger Bobbie, Student Liam and I  joined 5 volunteers from the Frimley Fuel Allotments Charity to remove Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) from one of the ponds.

Parrot’s Feather is an invasive species that originates from Southern and Central America. The stems and leaves of the plant can grow up to a foot above the water surface. It can cover large areas, smothering and blocking out light for any of our native species to flourish. The Blackwater Valley team are very used to this species, having previously removed it from Darby Green Pond.

Most of the group spent the day in the water collecting the plant, whilst the rest of us dragged it away from the pond. During this time, Bobbie caught a small fish and one of the volunteers found a palmate newt. I would like to say that I assisted the removal of the Parrot’s Feather in the pond, but unfortunately after a few minutes in the water, it was soon realised that my waders were leaking!

Removing the Parrot's Feather

All gone ?

Assistant Ranger Matt

 

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