Chainsaws and chipper at Kennels Lane Meadow

Today volunteers Chris and Mike joined Mark, Laura and I to tackle the larger invasive willows at Kennels Lane Meadow near Southwood. We have been hay-cutting and removing invasive scrub from this meadow for a few years, and it’s great to see the SSSI (site of special scientific interest) grassland being restored to it’s former glory.

It was surprisingly warm in our chainsaw gear tree felling, and it was great to have a hand so we could chip up the brash. We have tiered the woodland edge stumps so they regenerate into a range of scrub heights. The soft woodland margin will provide for greater habitat and species diversity. This management will be continued next year with the Tuesday volunteers.  Thank you to everyone for all their hard work over the years getting the site looking so good.

Mark, Mike, Stuart and Chris tree felling

Mark, Mike, Stuart and Chris tree felling

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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