Paths cleared in Southwood Woodland

At Southwood Woodland we’ve been blowing winter leaves off the surfaced paths, and in some areas the compacted mud needed sweeping and scraping first to loosen it. The last path section behind Pear Trees Cottages has been tackled this week,  so now all the internal Southwood paths have been cleared. Our cunning plan next winter season is to train up more volunteers to use the path blower so we can share out the weeks worth of leaf blowing.

Overgrown and muddy path before task

Overgrown and muddy path before task

Cleared path surface and cut back margins

Cleared path surface and cut back margins

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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