RGS students become lumberjacks for the day

On Saturday 22nd March, 7 boys joined Mrs Hobbs and I for a Working Party in the Blackwater Valley (Hawley Meadows). The two rangers set them loose on a coppice of trees, armed with loppers and bow saws. The task was to fell several trees to open up an area close to the path. The word “timber” rang through the spring air all day as several trees were felled, chopped up and then burned. It was a productive and enjoyable day and the boys and staff worked hard all day to be rewarded with marshmallows cooked on the bonfire at the end. RJR would like to thank the boys involved and Mrs Hobbs for their effort and enthusiasm on the day and the rangers for their humour and organisation of the day.

Mrs RJ Rathmell

Teacher of Spanish and French, Tutor 3P

The Royal Grammar School,

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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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