February Cove Brook Work Party

Again all the recent rain forced a change of plans. This time we met at Blunden Hall and as the grass area between there and Houseman Road was   completely flooded, so we widened and made more usable a path through the trees bordering the grassland. This path had been in use previously but meant climbing over and under various obstacles so we cleared these and figured out a way around the deepest water. Along the way we identified an area of bramble that could be cleared on a later work party to create a wild flower area or butterfly glade.

A lot of rubbish was cleared from under the trees and the path from Blunden Hall to St John’s Road was also cleared of litter. Brambles growing   through the metal railings onto the pavement at Grove Road were also cut back.

As we are not a group that singles out impressive work by individual volunteers, just like last month when Hilda, Jim and Philip went, both literally and figuratively, the extra mile but didn’t get a mention; this month there will be no mention of Joy who not only collected most of the rubbish, but also with Dave took it all away as well. Sorry folks but we don’t single people out like that.

Many thanks to the 10 people who braved the rain and extremely wet conditions to make this a very worthwhile task.




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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