Water Works on the Aqueduct

I went out with Ben, Jenny and the Volunteers to coppice some gorse and bramble on the access ramps by the Blackwater Valley Path at the Aqueduct, in Aldershot. To start with we used shears to cut down the straggly bramble and make it easier to move. After we used rakes, shovels and pitchforks to drag the bramble away, piling it up in gaps, to create a better habitat. We also coppiced the leggy gorse and hazel to create a denser scrub for nesting birds. Once we completed this work, the ramps to the aqueduct looked more inviting for visitors, and we created a better area for wildlife.

Original overgrown path

Original overgrown path

View towards Gold Valley Lakes of coppicing

View towards Gold Valley Lakes of coppicing

David by cleared bank on NW ramp

David by cleared bank on NW ramp

Student Laura

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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