Grant’s Moor Tree Planting

The dire weather forecast did not dissuade the gallant crew, or they could not think of a good enough excuse, and it turned out to be a dry day.  Ranger Tony helpfully forgot to put the trees into his van, so while he retrieved them it gave our volunteers an opportunity to dig out bramble and stinging nettle roots.  On Tony’s return we had thoroughly warmed up and were glad to take our tea break, to rest already aching backs.

Laying out 400 trees, each with its own cane and protective tube, showed what a big task this was going to be.  Fortunately with all participants mucking in we gradually progressed along the new hedge line.  After a short lunch break we attacked the final stretch were surprised how quickly we managed to finish the whole length.

Planting a new hedge at Grant's Moor North

Planting a new hedge at Grant’s Moor North

The picture shows the sterling work done by Trustees, Trust members and Tuesday volunteers under the supervision of Partnership staff.

Thank you to Sue,  two John’s, Philip, Melvyn, Mike, Ken and of course Tony and Steven.  Together they planted over 400 small trees to form a new hedge alongside the railway line and path that leads into Grants Moor.

Bernard
Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust Member

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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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