A tidy up at Blackwater Common

This week’s Tuesday volunteer task was my first visit to Blackwater Common. Not an extensive Common, more a remnant, a strip of land managed on behalf of Blackwater and Hawley Town Council. It lies on what was once the boundary to Frogmore Park Estate. Long since gone, the pond on Frogmore Park Drive is a small reminder of the landscaped grounds that must have existed here.

Our wonderful volunteers did an exceptional job clearing invasive rhododendron and holly and collecting 13 sacks of rubbish! Clearing the undergrowth has defined the boundary of our patch and will promote the development of mature trees, as well as helping reduce the Common’s appeal for less social activities (hence 13 sacks of rubbish!).

A very big thank you to everyone who lent a hand.

Volunteers at Blackwater Common (Stuart Croft)

Volunteers at Blackwater Common (Stuart Croft)

Casual Assistant Ranger Sarah.

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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