Hot Rangers model yellow suits

Part of our work at this time of the year is to spray off Japanese Knotweed as it is an invasive species that tends to out compete our native flora.  For us that means full protective suits and rigorous cleaning procedures so we don’t spread it any further. 

Recently we’ve been working at Chalk Farm Lake, Wellesley Woodlands next to Government Road, cutting, burning and spraying off the knotweed.  It’s certainly hot work in the sunshine!


One section cut


Andrew and I modelling spray gear

The last picture shows the height the knotweed reaches and just how much it kills off everything else.

Assistant Ranger Laura


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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