Duckboards a success at Walk the Path

Last Wednesday Andrew, student Alex and I went to a very wet section of the Blackwater Valley path to install duckboards in preparation for the Walk the Path event. We used wooden rails as a base to raise the platform from the mud. Next we laid fiberglass boards on top and joined them together to make a stable platform for people to walk on.

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Student Alex and I laying the fiberglass boards.

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Completed duckboards

For the final wet and muddy section of the path we made a duckboard from wooden rails. Andrew cut the wooden rails to size whilst Alex and I hammered in the nails.

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Andrew sawing the wooden rails to the right size.

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Student Alex stabilising the rails.

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Completed wooden duckboard

The Walk the Path event run by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust took place the following Sunday and was a great success with an attendance of 230 walkers. Everyone was pleased with the provision of duckboards that held out through the day and added to the pleasantness of the walk.

Assistant Ranger Jenny

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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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