Ragwort Ramblings

Rhys and Kristian have been helping us pull up ragwort in the Surrey Field and Prior’s Meadow, which form the southern two fields of Hawley Meadows. We needed to remove this invasive weed before the meadows are cut for hay, since the dried ragwort is toxic to livestock. They carefully pulled up or dug out the roots with lazy-dog tools (bizarre looking levered-forks), because simply snapping off the flower stem turns the annual into a perennial which grows back year after year. The chaps did a fantastic job removing a total of 3,300 plants.

Rhys and Kristian ragwort pulling

Rhys and Kristian ragwort pulling

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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