Pilgrims Meadow Spring Clean

On the 10th of May Ben and our wonderful volunteers ventured over to Pilgrims Meadow to install a bench and clear some encroaching scrub by the pond. The bench was funded by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust as part of a project to provide more rest stops along the Blackwater Valley Path. A total of six benches have been installed. The other benches can be found in Hawley Meadows, Swan Lake and Hollybush Hill. The meadow is one of our smaller sites so it was great to see the meadow orchids flowering in the height of Spring. Thanks to our volunteers visitors can now rest and enjoy the view.


Our trainees George and Katie enjoying a rest


The new bench on the Blackwater Valley Path

Ast. 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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