New gates and paths at Hawley Meadows

The students and staff have been busy at Hawley Meadows installing gates this week. The north end on the Blackwater Valley Path now has a normal swing gate, to make access easier for visitors. The students helped cut back the path then had fun creating a woven holly and hazel hurdle to hold back the ditch bank.

The north west corner of Hawley now hosts a kissing gate by the railway, which joins into a new circular route cut through the adjoining woods of Blackwater Park. From the gate the path runs north along the railway, then turns right through the woods to come out by the pond on the BV Path. The path has been cleared and cut with out ride-on-brushcutter so it’s easy to follow for any explorers. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work.

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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