Tree felling antics at Southwood

The Southwood volunteers had fun yesterday tree felling. The breezy conditions gave the gang a good chance to practise knot tying, as all the trees over 5” diameter had a rope attached. They learnt how to set up a pulley secured to a stump using an alpine butterfly knot (you’d never guess I’m a scout leader). Louise also took out some off her pent up aggression, freeing a fallen tree from the stump with a hatchet. The finished photo shows how the birch have been cleared back to open up light for the line of mature coppiced oaks.

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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