Despite the rain and the mud…

… 9 volunteers bravely ventured out to Hawley Meadows yesterday.  We set up our very battered gazebo in the shelter of some blackthorn and oaks and actually did very well with keeping our kit and lunch dry!  The volunteers set to work digging out the last remaining large bramble patch in the middle of Prior’s field, getting through it in no time at all, thanks to the soft wet ground.  They also haloed two oaks – cut back the surrounding blackthorn to give the trees a chance.

During lunch the skies cleared and the afternoon turned out to be a lovely sunny day, pleasing everyone!  The volunteers cleared yet more bramble from the path down the side of the railway track and litterpicked a large area of the southern end of the meadow.  The flooding river has been dumping all sorts of weird and wonderful litter far and wide.

Assistant Ranger Laura


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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