My last few days……..

As my last few days as a trainee ranger are approaching, I feel I have gained a lot of experience. Both in countryside management and in personal development skills, such as communicating with other people. This opportunity has allowed me to do new things such as strimming, leaf blowing paths, working with new tools and working along the Blackwater Valley. The rangers have been very welcoming and supportive throughout the whole Traineeship.

Trainee Katie

Trainee Katie

I am very sad to be leaving, but I will attend the Tuesday Volunteer Group to keep myself active before I go to college.

Trainee Ranger Katie

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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