Kennels Lane Meadow haycut and chainsaw fun

On Tuesday the Volunteers trundled down to Kennels Lane Meadow, in Farnborough next to the Fleet Spurs Football Ground. This small site had become overgrown, so over the last 3 years we’ve been clearing the invasive scrub to promote the meadow SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The half of the meadow by the playing field is restoring well, with the once bramble and birch now replaced by primarily grass which we hay cut. Nearer the southern road we cleared scrub that is shading out the meadow, – trust me there is less shrubbery in the spot-the-difference pictures. We piled the brash next door in Southwood, and stacked the logs on site for reptiles, with a tame common lizard on my shirt. Finally the team pose for a satisfying group photo.

Cheers, Ranger Stuart


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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