Hawley Meadows car park improved

Last year extending the area that we maintain as low-cut scrub surrounding Hawley Meadows car park, has been really effective at reducing anti-social behaviour and making the site feel much more welcoming to visitors. So yesterday the volunteers tackled the last remaining tall car park scrub at the far end by the corral.

With plenty of signs, cones and the truck protecting the us on the road slope, we removed the lower tree branches to lift the canopies and open up the view underneath. Meanwhile most volunteers set to work clearing the bramble and dogwood by the car park.

As a welcome surprise Philippa and her two daughters chatted to the volunteers then offered to help out in exchange for mince pies. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work that has made a real improvement to Hawley Meadows.

Naomi and Phoebe dragging branches

Naomi and Phoebe dragging branches

New view of car park from road

New view of car park from road

New view towards road and corral

New view towards road and corral

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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