Logical tree felling in Southwood

“On Friday we were joined by volunteers from the Logic Group in Fleet for a meadow clearance project in Southwood Woodland. Trees felled [to open up the meadow] included willow, silver birch and oak which were processed for burning and small log piles. As well as using hatchets and bowsaws, Stuart also demonstrated different chainsaw cuts for felling leaning and vertical trees. The team cleared 11 trees and brash with the meadow looking larger at the end of the day”.

Student Adam.

Paul teaching cutting gob for tree felling

Paul teaching tree felling

Rachel loading the fire

Rachel loading the fire

The transformed meadow

The transformed meadow

The triumphant team

The triumphant team

As you can see the 26 strong team had a great day, with lots of team working in a new and challenging setting. Thanks to everyone who joined us, including Paul H, Susan, Mike and Tony Elston who were a great help teaching tree felling and fires, – perfect for the marshmallow toasting…

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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