Sandhurst Donkey Derby – 27th May 2013

 The Trust had a stall at the Sandhurst Donkey Derby held on Bank Holiday Monday where the weather was for once very kind with not a drop of rain to complain about.

This event, the first one the Trust has attended, is very well supported by the local community who come along to enjoy the spectacle of real donkeys (over 10 were there) competing in a race of 6 donkeys ridden by children completing a set course. There were many more stalls for the enjoyment of the crowd the one opposite us was a local scout group who offered a ‘crockery shy’ which attracted quite a crowd seeing people breaking plates etc with wooden balls.

We had a pond dip that attracted a lot of interest from parents and children and as the photograph shows the Army Cadets and our display boards and information section.

Sandhurst Donkey Derby Cadets

Sandhurst Donkey Derby Cadets


Four new members were recruited and a small amount collected towards the Trust’s current Tern Appeal. We spoke to a lot people and hopefully managed to educate a few more of what a great resource we have within the Blackwater Valley.

 Dave Pilkington – BVCT Chairman

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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