Toiling In Tongham Wood

Today started bright with a clear blue sky hot enough for sun cream!  11 volunteers appeared at Tongham Wood to help remove bramble from a hazel plantation containing over 500 plants.  At the same time SSE tree surgeons continued to clear trees from under the pylons nearby.

Buried In Bramble!

Buried In Bramble!

The volunteers spotted goldfinches and robins in the woodland, with a brimstone and red admiral butterfly (very late in the year for them) flying up and down the old railway track ride.

This is a piece of our local history as munitions were stored in sidings.  A spy up on the Hogs back saw this and sent the bombers in.  The guards men on duty managed to move the trucks, whilestbeing bombed, and saved the village.  Both were awarded the George cross and the spy was later captured.  To read more go to :-
bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/15/a4420315.shtml

By lunchtime we had all but finished our task and as the sky blackened, turning to heavy rain, we decided it was time to go home.

To find out more about Tongham wood please visit web site :- www.tonghamwood.org.uk

Ranger Tony

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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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