Mounds of Chippings

Tuesday 8th April 14 volunteers joined Steven and I at Hawley Meadows along with our hardy chipper to help clear up the trees felled by the National Grid under the pylon lines.  Steven had an interesting moment trying to get into Hawley Meadows as some places are still very boggy…

He is not stuck...

He is not stuck…

Whilst one team worked at the chipper with Steven, another set dragged brash from the meadow to them.  Another team worked in the scrub area to start dismantling the mess of felled trees still tangled up, whilst another repaired the squashed fence before the cattle are moved up into the northern meadows.  One more final team walked all of the river banks and Cove Brook banks to clear them of rubbish as the cattle have been spotted trying to eat it.

Working hard at the chipper

Working hard at the chipper

Steven feeding wood into the chipper

Steven feeding wood into the chipper

Chris chipping a whole tree

Chris chipping a whole tree

Many thanks to the volunteers as they worked really hard to process as much brash as they did, considering most of it was extremely tangled.

Assistant Ranger Laura



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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