Showing the way at Rushmoor Bottom

Yesterday while some volunteers were helping Andrew on an emergency job clearing a large fallen oak, the other volunteers helped us out getting ready for a Talavera School Treasure Hunt. We installed a hand painted Wellesley Community Tree Sign in the Bourley Road car park by the football field. The community tree is the centre point for wooden blocks that were kindly decorated by pupils from Talavera Infants and Junior School.  The Wellesley Community Tree sign was kindly painted for us by the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership, who do fabulous work across the area.

Tapping anchor pins into the sign

Tapping anchor pins into the sign

Installed sign by pupil decorated blocks

Installed sign by pupil decorated blocks

In the afternoon we litter picked and cut back the Plane Trail, replaced some tree ties and installed some new way-marking posts.

Rare sighting of a spirit level

Rare sighting of a spirit level

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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