Blooming Marvellous tree felling at Southwood

Our tame student Fern and volunteers from “Blooming Marvellous” joined us last week to fell trees at Southwood. This supported adult volunteering gardening  group aims to empower those who would like to volunteer. The main task was to clear invasive silver birch from the northern heath. In the past brash had been piled over hazel coppice stools to prevent deer munching of the regrowth. The volunteers also removed the now redundant brash as the shoots were now high enough to avoid hungry deer or rabbits on trampolines.

One of the leaders Hazel explained that, “ten volunteers braved the elements to fell 11 large birch trees, saw them up and drag to log piles or the fire piles. Volunteers worked in groups of 4 – 5 and following a safety briefing and felling tuition by Stuart, shouts of ‘Timber!’ could be heard ringing throughout the woods. A great time was had by all”

The hard working volunteers paused for a cheesey photo sitting on a tree they had felled.

Bloomin Marvellous Gardening Project & Student Fern

Bloomin Marvellous Gardening Project & Student Fern

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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