Lynchford Road Footpath transformed with Logical Mettle

A dark and univiting footpath in North Camp has been greatly improved with the help of rangers and volunteers from The Logic Group in Fleet. The footpath lies on the west of the A331 opposite the Kebur Builders Yard, running north from Lynchford Road to South Street.

It turns out that even a yellow-warning of heavy rain wasn’t enough to dissuade Nikki and her 18 Logic Goup colleagues, and our experienced volunteer Tony Elston. We dug out spare waterproofs and set to work cutting back the path, and clearing the hazardous trees we had felled the day before with the chainsaw. Everyone did a fantastic job (bribed by hot tea under the gazebo), cutting back over 600m of footpath, litter picking and replacing 32 broken fence rails.

We are now working with our partners at Rushmoor Borough Council to resolve the other issues, such as path drainage. The Salesian College will cut back their overhanging sports field conifers in August. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this popular route so much more inviting, and producing such a dramatic transformation.

South Street entrance transformation

South Street entrance transformation

Dead elms felled and path cut back

Hazardous dead elms felled and path cut back

Willow & holly felled behind allotments

Willow & holly felled behind allotments

Triumphant and soggy Logic Group

Triumphant and soggy Logic Group (blurry photo through rain)

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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