Hectic Hedge laying at Moor Green

Our trusty band of volunteers have been hedge-laying in the torrential rain. They completed the remaining section south of Colebrook Hide Bridge at Moor Green Lakes. The old hedge was becoming straggly with the overgrown branches falling into the footpath and bridleway. The bushes were thinned out, then cut most of the way through at the base to allow them to be lent over or laid as pleachers. These were twisted around stakes, with skinny hazel binders woven onto to secure the top of the hedge. It looks great and uses hazel harvested from Moor Green Lakes. Hedge laying provides dense scrub which benefits wildlife and also opens up access. The rest of the volunteers did a sterling job removing the redundant old fence, by the laid hedge that was older than 1 year, and no longer needed protection.

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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