Path cut and balsam pull at Swan Lake Park

I’ve spent a couple of days over at Swan Lake Park in Yateley cutting back the paths, public footpaths and road verge sightlines. Also I’ve been removing the nasty invasive species Himalayan and Orange Balsam, which are taking over large sections of the River Blackwater. Thankfully the balsam pulls out easily, though it’s rather surreal standing amongst the tallest 12ft triffids. Most of the balsam at Swan Lake has been removed and there’s now posters inviting visitors to pull it out if they’d like to help. This has worked well on other sites such as the BV Path by Moor Green Lakes. If you can help to remove it then please wear gloves, stay away from steep river banks, and stack it off the path and away from the ‘highwater mark’.

Himalayan balsam or triffid

Himalayan balsam or triffid

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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