Improved access to Queen Elizabeth Park

The volunteers have been hard at work at Queen Elizabeth Park which lies just north of Farnborough Station. This old parkland has lots of mature beech and oak trees, but has become swamped in laurel and rhododendron which surpresses the native vegetation and wildlife.

Keen to make the park more welcoming to visitors we worked on the south east entrance from the Farnborough Road and Highgate Lane crossroads, cutting back the sight lines and clearing overhanging trees from the street light. At the next path junction into Queen Elizabeth Park we cut back a vista to encourage visitors to explore the woodland (photos).

Waiting for the fire to die down, everyone did a sterling job litter picking in the afternoon, removing 14 bags of rubbish that were sorted so half can be recycled.  A special thank you to Mike and Laura who popped back to check the fire. It was lovely to receive so many kind words of thanks from walkers in the sunshine.

Queen Elizabeth Park at the start of the day

Queen Elizabeth Park at the start of the day

Queen Elizabeth Park with cleared path

Queen Elizabeth Park with cleared path

Ranger Stuart











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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