Hawley Meadows – car park and river willow

On Thursday five volunteers came out to help us cut back the hedging around the Hawley Meadows car park. The team got stuck in cutting the undergrowth down to 2ft, then had a chance to play with our new spangly chipper. The chipper is proving a very popular addition with our now trained volunteers. It processes the brash to around 1/10th of it’s volume, and doesn’t need to be checked afterwards like a fire.

Two tasks with students have also opened up the view to the road, and lifted the trees (where we remove the lower branches). All this work combined with the resurfacing last year, has made the car park a lot more inviting for visitors, with lots of positive comments. There has also been a substantial reduction in anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

In the afternoon on Thursday, I took out 3 large limbs of a river willow that had tipped towards the car park and blocked the path, during the floods. After some artistic rope work and chainsaw antics, the tree is now more stable and upright. Thank you to Chris Bean for the photos.

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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