Bridge shimmying at Shawfields

Today Andrew and I headed out to repair the BV Path bridge in Aldershot between Shawfield Lane and Brookfield Road. We have organised for contractors to replace it in July, so we’ll shortly be widening Shawfield Lane so they can get vehicle access.

In the mean time we’ve been safety checking the bridge every fortnight. Occasional deck planks are showing their age but the  main beams are fine. We’re keen to keep this important bridge link open, so we’ve laid new ply down to protect the original old bridge deck. First we stripped off the old ply and cleaned mud and weeds out from the bridge decking.


We screwed down the new exterior ply then Laura arrived to give us a hand stapling down some grippy chicken wire. Her infamous technique (honed by fixing the Fleet Pond boardwalks), involved standing on the wire and shimmying to tension it flat.


Finally ready for home with a newly repaired bridge.


Ranger Stuart

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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