Creating a more welcoming Queen Elizabeth Park

Today the volunteers, Jenny and I headed down to Queen Elizabeth Park, just north of Farnborough Station.  The park hosts some interesting mature beech and oak, and we pop back each year to tackle the invasive rhododendron and open up the woodland so it’s more welcoming to visitors. Today was no exception, as we worked along the main southern footpath which had become overgrown and quite closed in for walkers.

Overgrown path before work

Overgrown path before work

Unperturbed by the rain the volunteers cut back the path margins, working west along the path from the A325. The brash was then chipped and the path litter picked and blown. We also cut back around the street lights and cleaned the blue signs, by standing on an unearthed rusty trolley.  It was hard work, but very satisfying in the afternoon when the sun came out and we could see the fantastic 150m that we had opened up. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work.

volunteers in the rain

Volunteers in the rain

group

One wet group of hard workers

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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