Canal Clear-up Day

We teamed up with the Basingstoke Canal Authority and Aldershot Garrison to clear vegetation off the canal towpath last month. On three days, soldiers based in the Garrison, along with staff and volunteers from local businesses and organisations cleared back vegetation from the tow path in preparation for surfacing work that is being carried out in conjunction with the Aldershot Urban Extension (AUE).

Two of our new sites, Queen’s Copse and Prince’s Wood, are adjacent to the canal and the towpath and will form part of the Wellesley Trail which will link all of our new AUE sites.

Soldiers on the canal

Soldiers on the Canal

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who turned up and helped on the Canal Clear-up Days.

Senior Ranger Andrew


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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