Scrub clearing on a October sunny day

We had a great day’s clearing invasive scrub at Kennels Lane Meadows, near Southwood this Tuesday, a task organised and run by Dannie (ex-student) on her last day at BVCP. A very successful day opening up the meadow and pushing back two large stands of willow and birch.

Many thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this weeks task and Dannie’s for running the task. From the whole team at BVCP we wish Dannie all the best for the future and appreciate all the hard work from the last two years.

Andrew (Senior Ranger)

Leaving on a high!

After starting Countryside Management at Merrist Wood College in 2012 just over two years ago, I am amazed how far I have come. From someone who knew very little of the countryside ways I was nurtured by my tutors at college into completing 300 hours work experience in my first year of study. Now looking back after staying on the second year I see why the work we do in college and the work carried out by the Blackwater Valley Team and its volunteers is so important to protect what habitat and its creatures we have left.

On my last day I was given the freedom to step up (under supervision) and lead a great team of volunteers in making a difference to an area of meadow that was being taken over by tree succession. I must say for all the sleep I lost the night before, I needn’t. The volunteers are always welcoming, with a desire to work and we completed the task set out without any hiccups along the way. All I can say now is thank you to the Blackwater Team for allowing me to grow and thank you to the volunteers for their avid commitment.


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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