The First Wellesley Woodlands Volunteers

Today was the first Thursday for the new Wellesley Woodlands Volunteers, a specific group set up to work on the new site in Aldershot.  We are continuing work done by the Blackwater Valley Volunteers on the hill of the Duke of Wellington statue, removing invasive Rhododendron and Laurel.  4 volunteers joined Senior Ranger Andrew, Assistant Ranger Jenny, and Thames Basins Heaths Warden Sarah and I on an overcast day, lured in by the chance of a bonfire and cake! (Thank you Sarah!)

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Everyone worked very hard and cleared another swathe across the mound.

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Thank you everyone who came out for our first day and if anyone else wants to join us we will be out every other Thursday from now on.

Assistant Ranger Laura

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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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