Christmas Tree hunting families and wizards descend on Yateley Common

I’ve just returned from helping out Jean and the other Yateley Depot Rangers at Yateley Common, for their infamous Family Christmas Tree Hunt. We had a bumper turnout of 79 who set to work clearing invasive birch from the heathland, in exchange for a cuppa, festive bauble and chance to fell their very own scots pine Christmas tree. It was fantastic to have so many families to help encourage such a large area of heathland. Also thank you to Jean for organising a Dungeons & Dragons group nearby to entertain the children complete with knights, sword fights and wizards….

Proudly showing off the pile of cut silver birch

Proudly showing off their pile of cut silver birch

Volunteers of all ages help out

Volunteers of all ages help out

Family with freshly cut Christmas Trees

Family with freshly harvested Christmas Trees

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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