RGS students battle blackthorn and bramble

Yesterday Andrew and I were joined by students from the Royal Grammar School in Guildford. The gaggle set to work clearing invasive bramble and blackthorn from Hawley Meadows, increasing the area of wild flower meadow for rare plants, such as great burnet. We let Andrew burrow into the blackthorn armed with his trusty chainsaw, whilst we moved the branches and cleared 3 bags of glass bottles for recycling.

After biscuit bribery at tea break Henry led a roaring fire, which meant we enjoyed a much-deserved roasting of marshmallows over the embers. I’ve stuck in some photos of our antics, my favourite being the blackthorn branch festooned in Georges. The gang worked really well as a team throwing themselves into the task with a good dollop of fun. A big thank you to all the young people and their teachers Becky & Fran (sorry if I’ve revealed your secret identities)

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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