Bracken bashing and tractor triumph

Volunteers and staff have been busy over the last three days at Southwood Woodland cutting back paths, tractor mowing and strimming. The invasive bracken that is taking over the woodland was bashed with sticks, – a great stress reliever for everyone involved. Simply cutting the bracken just makes it come back stronger, so this form of management means we can crush the stems, which over 3 years should knock back the growth. Southwood Volunteers were joined by Oli Jensen and his colleagues from the Environment Agency who did a fantastic job. Thank you to everyone for all their help.

Environment Agency bracken bashing

Environment Agency bracken bashing

Laura playing on tractor

Laura playing on tractor

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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