Kallo and Wessanen colleagues brave the floods

Yesterday Rhys and I headed out to meet the volunteers at Blackwater Meadows, but found the access was a tad soggy so waded in to check the depth. We could have driven in through the floods but would have been marooned if the water level rose, so a quick change of plan was called for.

Instead we headed over to Hawley Meadows where we trimmed the surrounding hedge down to 2ft to make the site much more open and welcoming to visitors. The six volunteers from Kallo / Wessanen did a fantastic job getting stuck in and heckling each other, and it was great to reinvigorate the partnership we’ve developed over several years. Today I popped back with Ben and student Kristian, so I’m pleased to say it’s now all finished. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work.

Hawley Meadows with the soggy BV Path on the right

Hawley Meadows with the soggy BV Path on the right

The proud Kallo / Wessenan Team and Rhys

The Proud Kallo / Wessanen Team and Rhys

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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