Students join volunteers at Puckridge Hill

At Puckridge Hill (AUE) a large group of trusty volunteers, worked hard in the sunshine and shower. The task involved cutting down young birch trees and overhanging oak branches from a patch of heathland to enable the heather to thrive. Another part of the task was to rake and clear a large area of mown heather/grass. A trailer full of old tree guards were collected up and taken off site. Everyone worked very hard, especially considering it was the first task day since Christmas for most volunteers.

As students, Tobias and I found the volunteers both helpful and generous in sharing their valuable knowledge and tips with us. Casual Assistant Ranger Sarah supplied us with delicious homemade lemon cake at tea break which went down a treat. It was a very successful and enjoyable day.

Student Sarah G

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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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