Frosty fence removal at Swan Lake

Undaunted by the frozen ground we’ve removed the last of the redundant fencing along the meadow ditch of Swan Lake Park. With the earlier help of a digger, the buried sections were then delicately pulled out using the truck. The reclaimed 40 posts and wire netting will get reused on other projects in the Blackwater Valley. Thank you to Melvyn who brought the donuts. Just to remind us of the cold winter our water carrier froze solid, so the thermos flasks turned into much needed hot water bottles.

Happy New Year to Everyone

Sarah E & Will de-fencing

Sarah E & Will armed with hammers

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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