Popular restored path at Hawley Meadows

Yesterday the hardy band of Tuesday volunteers came out to Hawley Meadows, armed with their trusty wellies. The task was to cut back the river-side path at the north end. Bank erosion from the floods, combined with dense bramble and fallen trees had made the route impassable, to all but intrepid walkers / mountain goats. The gang did a fantastic job, clearing and burning the brash. Laura and I chuckled at volunteers’ early careful attempts to avoid the rather damp bits, were quickly ignored as the entire work site became a comic quagmire.

Our student Dannie, joined Laura, Steven and I today as we returned to clear some of the larger overhanging trees. Everyone worked really well and had fun, although despite getting stuck in Dannie ended up suspiciously mud free – unlike the rest of us who had doubled in weight. Anyway, the before and after photos look rather dramatic, and show the great transformation.

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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2 Responses to Popular restored path at Hawley Meadows

  1. Anonymous says:

    Blooming good job , well done all

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