The Trust’s Work at Holly Lodge School

The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust has been working with Holly Lodge School to improve their science area and return it to a useful place for them to use as well as promoting conservation and wildlife. On a previous task the centre of the area had been cleared of the dense scrub and the brash was neatly stacked on one side of the area, ready for the Rangers to bring their chipper and reduce it down to something much more managable!

With 6 keen volunteers we worked our way through the large stack, stopping for tea, coffee and kitkats! (Thank you Bernard) and eventually the brash was reduce down to a tenth of its size.  We aimed to stack it against a stump to help create a habitat pile and keep it off the snowdrops and bluebells just starting to emerge and flower around us.

Assistant Ranger Laura

Brash at Holly Lodge School

Brash at Holly Lodge School

Area cleared of brash at Holly Lodge School

Area cleared of brash at Holly Lodge School

Volunteers hard at work with the chipper

Volunteers hard at work with the chipper

One pile of chippings

One pile of chippings

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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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