Bamboozling Bamboo at Southwood Woodland

Yesterday the Swiggles (Southwood Volunteers) got stuck in digging up all the invasive bamboo by Pear Trees Cottages.  It was difficult work but great to get it all removed, and we recycled the stems for gardening. I’m also pleased that only a few volunteers were around to witness my unique bamboo tipping technique. Once we’d excavated the clump I sat on the stems, and was rather startled by the speed which I tipped backwards down the slope.

Meanwhile Mary and Louise spent 3 hours blowing leaves off paths around the Copse Entrance. The acculumated leaves have formed a dense layer on the paths, so it was great to make a start at clearing them. As it’s a very time-consuming task I’ll take out the blower to all the winter Southwood tasks, so volunteers can take turns playing with the backpack blower.

Digging out bamboo

Digging out bamboo


Mary blowing paths

Mary blowing paths

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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