Volunteer Christmas Task

On Tuesday 30 of us descended on the Wellington Monument in Aldershot for our annual Christmas Volunteer Task and BBQ. It was great to get such a good turnout, with one group cutting and burning laurel at the top of the hill and another group lower down with chainsaws clearing and chipping the laurel. Working together we cleared a clear sight line down back of the hill, which as well as improving the biodiversity also reduces anti-social behaviour and makes the monument much more attractive to visitors.

At lunch time we settled down to our winter BBQ complete with a wheel-barrow load of fire-cooked spuds. Sadly we are losing Tony Anderson from the team as he is retiring at Christmas. Tony has been with BVCP for 15 years and is much loved. He will be really missed by everyone and the big task social was a fitting chance for the volunteers to say good bye.

A subtle fire to ward off the drizzle

A subtle fire to ward off the drizzle

Kathy by the monument

Kathy by the monument

View of the exposed statue before and after

View of the exposed statue before and after

View NW down hill before and after

View NW down hill before and after

The assembled festive volunteers

The assembled festive volunteers

Happy Christmas to everyone

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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