My Work Experience with Blackwater Valley

Having spent the last 10 months with the BVCP for one day per week, whilst at Merrist Wood College, I have cleared paths, hedge cut, strimmed grass, installed picnic tables and litter bins, used my chainsaw qualification, split logs, built a footpath, operated the chipper, coppiced, refurbished tern islands, done some litter picking, washed up the volunteers tea cups ….and lots more.

So, it’s a really big thank you from me to the BVCP staff who all shared their knowledge and experience so freely and so patiently that helped me enormously with my College course. It was fun. I now have a Diploma in Countryside Management, a top academic student award, and……. a job with the Estates staff at Merrist Wood College that will involve taking senior school children on work experience.

Former Student Alan

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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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