Hollybush Hill Spruce Up

The beautiful Hollybush Hill meadow received a well earned spring makeover lately. Mark used the tractor to cut back vegetation encroaching on the Blackwater Valley Path and mow paths into the meadow. This allows for much easier access and encourages visitors to stick to the paths.

Our two trainees; George and Katie, and I installed a bench on the Blackwater Valley Path facing the river as part of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust project. Being an ex-landfill the site was difficult to dig in so the bench provided a rewarding rest when completed.

 

Ast. 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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