New paths and signboard at Southwood

The Southwood Woodland Improvement Group (SWIG) have been hard at work scraping off the encroaching turf edges from the paths to return them to their full width. It’s a slow process but the best way, since a tractor bucket would simply tear up the path surface. Over the last few tasks they’ve done a brilliant job clearing the 500m south eastern pine woodland path loop.

Michael, Mick and his Grandson Finley did a fantastic job installing the new pine woodland sign with some creative skills to loosen the jammed bolts.

Michael installing sign

Michael installing the sign

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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