Ditching in Tices Wood at Farnham Quarry

Yesterday a hoard of 20 volunteers descended on Tices Wood, at the north eastern end of Farnham Quarry. A derilect ditch was rejunvenated to drain off some of the flood water on the old plant site meadow. We forded the mighty River Blackwater with a plank and crates, then set to work clearing the vegetation either side. It was great as the two teams worked towards each other and the full ditch length came into view. Some brave souls also trundled with wellies and waders to dig out the blockages and litter, to open it up to the flooded meadow. The finished ditch was a great success producing a strong flow, which gave us a laugh returning to the truck across the now floating plank bridge. Thank you to everyone for all your help.

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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