Swan Lake Drainage Ditch

A good job yesterday at Swan Lake in Yateley, as myself and Tony met up with Mike Burns and Paul Sanders to dig a drainage ditch. We had a mixture of hard rubble, mud that had to be removed with a mattock to nice soft mud that came out the ground rather nice with minimal effort.

Once the ditch was cleared to the right depth, we inserted a drainage pipe with mesh on the front to allow the water to flow freely without becoming clogged with crud. We then back filled the trench and relayed the path material.

In all it was a nice productive day despite the weather and the fact tony forgot the biscuit’s (tut tut).

Big thanks to Paul and Mike for there help.

Assistant Ranger Steven Tate


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’.
This entry was posted in Conservation, Swan Lake Park, Volunteers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.