Hawley Meadows has been a hive of activity over a three day task thanks to colleagues from a local company, Blackwater Valley Volunteers, students and trainees. With such a large work force of 48 volunteers we tackled lots of outstanding jobs on the Meadows including; clearing vegetation off the boundary fences, removing fly-tipping, digging out invasive bramble and litter-picking the Covebrook by boat.
The larger projects included installing a bench just south of the concrete bridge, which harnesses locally sourced and sustainable green oak. Together with the Dave Pilkington Memorial Bench, there are now 4 benches in Hawley Meadows to provide spots to rest and enjoy the view along the Blackwater Valley Path.
The volunteers also repaired broken fences and removed another section ready for replacement later in the year.
On the second day two keen volunteers dug out a bomb-proof but redundant gate post in the north end. They were surprised to discover that it was 4ft tall with another 4ft buried underground, so a real test of determination and cunning levers to shift it!
The final endeavour was to install stag beetle stumperies. Thanks to the combined effort over the three days and another task, we now have 7 stumperies at Hawley Meadows and are well on the way to our target of 50 along the Blackwater Valley.
To find out more about BVC Trust Stag Beetle Stumpery Project please click on the link, to discover why stag beetles need our help and how you can build your own stumpery. It would also be great to hear from anyone who’s built one in the valley, like in a garden or school.