Paddling at Royal Oak Valley

Yesterday unperturbed by the heavy rain seven hardy volunteers, Laura and I descended on Royal Oak Valley in Yateley. Working with Nick from Hart Rangers we waded through the mud to hay cut the wet meadow and cut back the overhanging willow scrub. Despite the sodden grass we managed to cut most of the field using two BCS motorscythes, with lots to forking hay onto the tractor trailer. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work, including a new Merrist Wood student Barbara who loved her introduction to volunteer tasks…

“My first day was fantastic, I loved every very rainy second! Saving several frogs and a newt called Gregory was very amusing, along side learning various things while trundling through rivers of mud and lovely wet grass” Student Barbara.

Soggy volunteers at Royal Oak Valley

Soggy volunteers at Royal Oak Valley

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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