Staff shenanigans at Swan Lake

Today Laura and I tackled several jobs at Swan Lake Park in Yateley. Armed with her chainsaw Laura felled a birch tree that was leaning over the bridge, while I secured the top branches to the bridge to stop it falling in the water. I’ve learnt the hard way that fallen trees in the water are very hard to extricate as they snag on the mud, so it worked well suspending it on a pulley block instead. Then we fixed a section of vandalised fencing and secured some leaning oak and field maple saplings with stakes. A very successful day and lots of appreciative dog walkers and fisherman to chat with.

Laura armed with chainsaw

Laura armed with chainsaw

Stuart staking oak sapling

Stuart staking oak sapling

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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