Students help cut soggy Runfold Horse Margin

Yesterday our hardy volunteers braved the rain to cut back Runfold Horse Margin. This bridleway runs along south of the A31 between the Shepherd and Flock roundabout and St Georges Road to the east. Our two students Chris and Nikita got stuck in despite the mildly moist conditions. They are studying countryside courses at Sparsholt and Merrist Wood Colleges respectively. Thank you to Eric, Andrew Pope, Vic, Will and Mike who did a great job teaching and encouraging the students. Anyway the rain cleared up and the track looked much more inviting with 250m opened up.

Ranger Stuart

Nikita lopping undergrowth

Nikita lopping undergrowth


Will by overgrown Runfold Horse Margin track

Will by overgrown Runfold Horse Margin track


Volunteers by open Runfold Horse Margin track

Volunteers by open Runfold Horse Margin track

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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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