Volunteers at Gerry’s Copse

On Tuesday 6th 10 volunteers and 2 students joined me at Gerry’s Copse to do a wide variety of jobs, which they did with their usual hard work, along with jibes at me when we realised I had forgotten the gas to make the tea.  (Thank you to Stuart for saving me from a lynching later…)

Between them they managed to:

  • Chip 4 piles of brash,
  • Clean two bridges,
  • Clean two signs,
  • Remove a large amount of unneeded tree guards,
  • Weed around young hazel saplings,
  • Litterpick the entire length of Gerry’s Copse,
  • Mend 10 broken fence rails,
  • Cut back the southern section of the foot path,
  • Cut back overhanging branches,
  • And open up the view from a bench looking out over the river.

So many thanks to all the hard workers.  As always, our volunteers are worth their weight in biscuits!

Assistant Ranger Laura


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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