Digger Duo around the Lake of Swans

To reduce flooding on the circular path at Swan Lake Park in Yateley, we’ve been busy digging some more grips. Our students did a great job earlier in the year, excavating several of these drainage channels to improve soggy sections. The remaining large grips require slightly more horsepower, so Mark has been playing on a mini-digger.

Unfortunately we’ve unearthed lots of rubble whilst excavating one of the soak-aways, so we’ll clear it up once we’ve monitored the drainage for a week, and know whether we need to change the design.

Most of the paths have steep sided verges which we can’t mow, so Mark used the digger bucket to delicately taper off the edges. This looks muddy for now, but will make it much easier to keep the vegetation cut and the paths clear in the future. I was very tempted to take a photo of us covered in mud holding spades by one of the substantial holes, with the digger just out of shot. But I relented, so are some other photos showing the verge work.

Swan Lake path works - before

Swan Lake path works – before

Swan Lake path works - after

Swan Lake path works – after

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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