Muddy students ditching at Southwood

Yesterday our four new students started their work placements by clearing a ditch at Southwood Woodland along by the houses. Josh having volunteered last year bravely donned the chest waders, meanwhile Sarah G, Sean and Tobias cut back the overhanging willow and brambles from the shore. Whilst the majority of the flow is diverted through a culvert, the 70m length of ditch we cut back helps to clear some of the standing water which joins this buried pipe at a grate. We also paddled around in the mud and removed 2 wheelbarrow loads of bottles to recycle, but were delighted when a friendly neighbour made everyone tea.

Students Sarah G and Josh clear ditch grate

Students Sarah G and Josh clear ditch grate

Sarah G, Sean, Tobias and Josh by cleared ditch

Sarah G, Sean, Tobias and Josh by cleared ditch

Ranger Stuart

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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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