Royal Grammar School students help wildflowers

“This is just to thank you once again for a fantastic working party today [at Blackwater Meadows in Sandhurst]. The removal of the oak saplings to preserve the rare flowers was different to previous tasks we had done and was very rewarding. We all enjoyed using the clay to make the green men sculptures and I think the results were pretty good! It was an added advantage to see the slow worm and learn about that as well. We look forward to another working party In the future. Thanks again for your time and motivation.”

Becky Rathmell, Royal Grammar School, Guildford

RGS pose by wildflowers they're conserving - like ragged robin

RGS pose by wildflowers they’re conserving – like pink ragged robin in the foreground

A Green Man Sculpture

A Green Man Sculpture

Toby investigating slow worm

Toby investigating a slow worm

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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