Swan Lake Park gets at Boost

One of our new sites has been getting a boost this week, in readiness for it’s opening at Easter. Swan Lake Park is located in Yateley, west of Swan Lane and consists of a meadows, fishing lake, and allotments. We’ve been out three days this week with students, Laura and Ben who are studying Animal and Countryside Management respectively at Merrist Wood College. Together we’ve;

· Replaced 20m of broken fence damaged by fallen poplar

· Removed redundant fencing and signs.

· Dug 4 drainage ditches to reduce flooding on path

· Moved bench on NW corner for improved vehicle access

· Cleared 18 sacks of rubbish & managed to recycle a third of it.

· Managed contractor who cut 3 dangerous trees including the two over allotments

· Removed whips (saplings) from line of footpath by height barrier.

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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