Laurel and Hardy Volunteers at Thorn Hill

As part of our work improving woodlands around Aldershot for the Wellesley Project, we have been removing Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) from Thorn Hill wood. Laurel is revered for its dense foliage providing year round screening in private gardens, but when allowed to grow in woodlands it can quickly shade out native woodland species leaving an understorey devoid of any character or value to nature.

However, following an impressive effort from our Tuesday volunteers and also a group of volunteers from IBM, we have completeley cleared Laurel from half of the woodland. Stump treatment has now been done and careful management over the next few years will hopefully control the regrowth of Laurel in the woods. The woodland is now much more open, making it more appealing for recreational use and also improving the habitat by allowing natural regeneration in the shrub layer.

Ranger George

Chipping arisings at Thorn Hill

Chipping arisings at Thorn Hill

Happy with a days work

Happy with a days work

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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