Shawfield Path Resurface

On Thursday and Friday of last week we made a start on getting the Path surface done at Shawfield. Now the new bridge is installed and open it is only right we carry on the good work by resurfacing the path leading up to it. It was hard going in the heat, however we did have the shade along the river which was a welcome break from the sun. We managed to get one complete layer down over the two days which was around 40 tons  and will continue this week to finish off by Friday.

Pictured above is the first 40 tons of type 1 (Top Left), we used the Kubota tractor (Top Right)to move the materials around the path which really did speed things up, much easier than having to do it by wheel barrow. After putting a load down and raking it to fill in the pot holes we used the single roller to compact it down (Bottom Left) I think the end result was very impressive. Many thanks to Senior Ranger Andrew, Assistant Rangers, Jenny, Charlotte and John for their hard work in hot conditions.

Ranger Stu.

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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