Monumental Christmas Task and BBQ

For this years Christmas task all the volunteers and staff descended on the Wellington Monument in Aldershot. With the fire ablaze we set to work cutting a couple of paths and the overgrown laurel at the top of the hill which was blocking the view. The stumps were treated to reduce regrowth and keep the circular path at the summit open. Everyone did a fantastic job fuelled on by the luxury BBQ and fire-roasted spuds served up in a glamorous wheelbarrow. There is now a great view from the top of the mound, which will encourage visitors to explore. Later on a rather content and appreciative fox was sitting by the fire when I returned to turn in the embers after dark.

Comparison of view from NE

Comparison of view from NE

Comparison of view of church and A325

Comparison of view of church and A325

Settling down for BBQ

Settling down for BBQ

Everyone by the clear view of the monument

Everyone by the clear view of the monument

Turning in the glowing embers

Chatting to a fox whilst turning in the glowing embers

Thank you to everyone for all your much appreciated help in 2014, we couldn’t achieve so much without your generous support. Have a lovely Christmas, and I’ll see you on the Tues 30th December Swan Lake task or in the spangly New Year. Thank you.

Ranger Stuart & everyone at BVCP




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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