Local Company Nurture Hawley Meadows

Last week colleagues from a local company joined Rangers to help improve Hawley Meadows. We have been working together over the last five years and it was great to develop this further with four tasks this year and a total of 50 volunteer days.

It was fantastic to see the colleagues proving their mettle improving the access and visitor welcome around Hawley Meadows. Many visitors found it hard to use the kissing gates with bicycles and buggies, so these were replaced with new gates at the south and car park entrances. The path had to be widened to accommodate one new gate, so we delicately used a sledgehammer to pin the new sleeper edging in place.

Over ½ km of redundant fencing was removed ready for new paths. Intrepid explorers took to the boat to litterpick along the river, with “It’s more exciting than I expected, I found a shark whilst paddling in the river litter picking!” A colleague joined Assistant Ranger Laura to construct a new fence across the river to stop cow escapades.

Meanwhile we replaced 14 broken fence rails along the Blackwater Valley Path under the M3. Finally we installed a new wooden noticeboard, which is a great addition to the Hawley Meadows, and I even spotted a rare sighting of a spirit level.

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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