Blooming Marvellous help at Kennels Lane Meadow

Last week 10 volunteers from the Blooming Marvellous Gardening Project came along to help out at Kennels Lane Meadow, in west Southwood. It’s great to work with this supported adult volunteer group, as they aim to empower their volunteers. The group got stuck in clearing back invasive bramble and scrub from this grassland SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). They did a great job opening up light to the meadow and moving the cuttings.

Suzie, the group leader, commented that “it was lovely to see how Eddie had picked up tree feeling on previous BVCP tasks, and that was now he was teaching other volunteers like Debbie, Jo & Kate.”  We’ll be heading back again with another gaggle of volunteers on Tuesday 25th February to remove the stumps and brash piles.

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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