Laurel bashing at Parsons Hill

This week our hard working Blackwater Valley Volunteers were back at Parsons Hill to tackle the invasive laurel. Laurel is a non-native plant species which grows dense very rapidly. It outcompetes native species and reduces the biodiversity of our woodlands. By cutting, burning and applying pesticide to the stumps we can control it. Last time at Parsons Hill the volunteers made a clearing through the woodland. This time we expanded that clearing over the hill. A lot more light now reaches the woodland floor and a lovely view can be seen right over the hill. The site is now much more attractive to visitors and more native species have the opportunity to grow.

View up hill from Mathews Terrace

View up hill from Mathews Terrace

Volunteers and Jenny at Parsons Hill

Volunteers and I at Parsons Hill

Ast. Ranger Jenny

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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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