Tackling triffids escaping into Southwood

Callum and Keiran joined Laura and I last week to tackle several unwanted plants in Southwood Woodland. We found numerous escaped garden plants along the northern edge of the wood, when we cleared the ranger path earlier in the year to monitor the boundary. If left unchecked these non-native invasive plants would spread and threaten the biodiversity of our lovely woodland.

Bizarrely some of the garden plants had been planted, including an ornamental pine which Callum and Kieran dug up. Others had taken root after being dumped in the woods, including a ground cover weed by the Links Way entrance that was so extensive that Laura needed to spray it off with herbicide. You can find out more about garden waste recycling in Rushmoor here.

Finally a trip to Southwood wouldn’t be complete without excavating at least one lump of buried metal, this time it only just fitted in the trailer.

Callum and Keiran dig up invasive pine

Callum and Keiran dig up invasive pine

Laura herbiciding invasive ground cover

Laura herbiciding invasive ground cover

Ranger Stuart

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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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