Bridleway and footpath upgrade in Yateley

Ken from the BVC Trust has been leading a 2 day project to improve the Yateley bridleway and footpath that run south from Moor Green Lakes, since it forms an important link with the Blackwater Valley Path to the north.

The project involved complete end-to-end path clearance of vegetation from Halls Lane to the River Blackwater over 450m. We cleared the overgrown vegetation with hand tools and chainsaws to allow for the sun & wind to get in and help dry out the path. Also we removed over 100m of redundant fencing. For phase 2 we’ll use a digger to scrape of the surface mud to reveal the firm laid surface underneath.

It was highly successful as we had a great team that pulled together as one, with a total of 17 volunteers from various backgrounds representing the BCVP, BVCT, college students & Moor Green Lakes. Well done everyone.

Bridleway & footpath before task

Bridleway & footpath before task

Bridleway & footpath after task

Bridleway & footpath after task

Andrew felling the overhanging trees delicately onto fence

Andrew felling the overhanging trees delicately onto the fence

Ranger Stuart & Trustee Ken





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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