No Matter The Job…

On Thursday Mike, Ed, Jeremy and student Gabriel joined me at Puckridge, Wellesley Woodlands, for a day that didn’t exactly turn out as expected.

We started the day by laying down a trailer full of aggregate on the path, on top of some newly installed culverts on a wet section of path, so now it shouldn’t be such a muddy challenge to negotiate.

Then we embarked upon a quest that grew and grew!  Before Wellesley Woodlands was open to the public the MOD had done a vast swathe of planting throughout Puckridge and the tree guards remnants still remained.  We began collecting them up, separating the guards from the stakes and cable ties, with Mike proving to have an excellent eye for spotting more through the trees.  By the time we were done, we had filled our trailer and lost count of numbers but we guess it’s about 800 tree guards.

We think that's about 800 tree guards and stakes....

We think that’s about 800 tree guards and stakes….

I’d like to offer a big thanks to the volunteers as it was a seemingly endless, thankless task but they never complained and the woods look a lot better now.

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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