Tree planting at Thorn Hill

This weeks volunteer task was to screen Thorn Hill from the adjacent road by planting native deciduous trees and gorse. Before any trees could be planted a large patch of laurel had to be removed. The laurel is most likely a remnant of when the site was a garden for the sargeants quarters. Removing the large patch of laurel has now reduced the amount of invasive non-native species on site and allowed more light to the ground.

Now you see it.

Now you don't!

Now you don’t!

Trees and gorse were then planted either side of a patch of woodland along the fence-line. Several rows were planted and the trees staggered  to create a dense hedgerow that will block the view of the road and provide valuable habitat for birds and small mammals. The trees, including birch, hazel, rowan and hawthorn, were planted in small groups of the same species  to encourage all the trees to grow and not to be shaded out by faster growing species. The groups of species were alternated between to create diversity along the hedge-line.

Trees and gorse planted along the fence line to the east of the site

Trees and gorse planted along the fence line


Assistant Ranger Jenny




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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