Hawley Meadows digging antics and more trees down

Yesterday the volunteers trundled down to Hawley Meadows, where we dug out invasive bramble and rose from the southern meadows. The volunteers did a great job clearing all of Surrey Field (by the M3) and some of Prior’s field. The bare ground we’ve created should provide great habitat for seeding of the rare great burnet plant.

Also we’ve been clearing more fallen trees blown over in the storms, with 26 cleared from the BV Path so far. There was a medium lime tree down in Aldershot Park (photo)

Ranger Stuart

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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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