Volunteers kick start new Swan Lake Park

The volunteers headed out on Tuesday to the new Swan Lake Park in Yateley. We are working on behalf of Yateley Town Council to manage this site west of Swan Lane, on the site of the former mushroom farm. There is a central lake, allotments and two meadows which we have seeded with 30m3 of local wildflower hay. The group worked really well with 15 volunteers completing seven jobs, including removing redundant fences, cutting paths and relocating a bridge. Despite the tropical hail storm, everyone kept fuelled up with tea and biscuits and Katy showed off her fencing skills.

The next day staff and Dannie (a student from Merrist Wood) went down to fell dangerous trees around the lake. There’s a lot of work yet to do to make the site safe and accessible, but it’s great to crack on with it. We’re hoping to open the new sparkly Swan Lake Park to the public at Easter.

Ranger Stuart

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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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