Swan Lake construction and fire

On Tuesday the volunteers descended on Swan Lake Park, where they burned off branches from a felled tree, built an bridge and fixed a ditch. Where the car park entrance crosses the road ditch, a brick culvert had been built with a brick entrance at either end. Here the banks had started to collapse, so we built revetments using chestnut stakes and branches to form natural looking retaining walls. They looked really good, and of course there was a chance to paddle in the ditch.

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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