Quick Response Makes Huge Fallen Oak Safe

Last week Blackwater Valley staff and volunteers had to change their plans to respond to a huge oak that had fallen across the road at Rushmoor Bottom.

Fallen tree made safe overnight

Fallen tree made safe overnight

On Monday the bin run commenced as usual with fairly calm weather and no signs of danger lurking just down the road. This very road was litter picked a mere hour before the call came in. Andrew, Mark and our trainee George were the first on the scene. They set off on the dangerous task of breaking down the tree into manageable parts. Although the tree had lifted up the root plate and fallen over it was not quite down on the ground yet. Therefore likely to move around of its own accord making the task only suitable for the professionals. On its way down it had also taken out smaller trees and branches of other trees causing the hole area to be cordoned off.

Andrew by large fallen oak

Fallen tree made safe overnight

Having completed all they could with the rest of the day half of the colossal tree still remained with lots of tidying up to do. So on the Tuesday our fabulous volunteers came to our aid! Using the chipper they worked tirelessly to clear all the brash the tree had left in its wake. Andrew and I made the tree safe by taking carefully planned sections off at a time releasing the tension and compression from the trunk.

Volunteers chipping

Volunteers chipping

Jenny chainsawing a larger limb

Jenny chainsawing a larger limb

Thanks to everyone’s hard work we managed to clear the tree by the end of the day. Access was restored and the road made safe.

Cleared road

Fallen tree made safe overnight

 

Asst. 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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