Improving Yateley Path between Fry’s Lane and Yateley Road

Our task today was to clear a path that will become part of the Blackwater Valley Path. When Stuart, Callum, Josh and I arrived there were 3 main tasks to be done; clear brambles, clear bamboo and clear litter. We set about doing this with long-handed shears the loppers. We used a brushcutter to cut the bamboo, although this proved no quicker than loppers since the bamboo was so tall it kept falling on the person brushcutting. We stopped for a chip lunch then by 3pm all tasks were complete with all the bamboo cut and put in the trailer with the rubbish.

Josh brushcutting brambles

Josh brushcutting brambles

Yateley path SW view before and after

Yateley path SW view before and after

Yateley path NE view before and after

Yateley path NE view before and after

Student Tobias

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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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