Mechanics and Winching Badge

On Friday Bryce helped us to replace the fuel valve on our motorscythe machine, which proved a challenge as it’s not designed to come apart. Restrained cunning was promptly replaced with a hammer to dislodge the valve, then we scavenged a length of wire to fish it out of the empty fuel tank. Having earned his mechanics badge, Bryce was rewarded with a go on Nasher (our ride-on-brushcutter) at Moor Green, mowing the path ready for a school to trim the hedge.

Elsewhere we’ve been felling dangerous trees which were hung up over the paths at Southwood. The smaller ones were cleared on Sunday with SWIG (Southwood Woodland Improvement Group), where the volunteers also had a go at fire lighting with spark sticks. We returned on Thursday armed with chainsaws and five willing helpers to clear the larger ones, with John having a go on the winch to dislodge an awkward tree.

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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