Snaky Lane Path Resurface

Today I went along  with Assistant Ranger John to assist the Snaky Lane community Wildlife Group with the resurfacing of the path network between their meadows. They had arranged for 20 tons to be delivered in the morning with us starting at 9am.

I took the Blackwater Valley Tractor to help with the moving of the material around the site, this saved some back breaking work using the wheel barrows and got a lot moved very quickly.

The volunteers started by placing a membrane down to help with the grass and weed control for the path, then a layer of scalping onto it and raked to the desired thickness. Rob one of the volunteers had hired a compact roller to help with the final finish of the path. The volunteers managed to get the 20 tons down and compact rolled in 3 hours which was fast going, I think the results are very impressive.

In the second picture above you can see the difference between the old pathway to the new. We look to go back with another 20 tons to finish the rest of the path on Saturday 1st October. I would like to thank all the Snaky Lane volunteers who came out today to help and Assistant Ranger John. I look forward to seeing you all on the 1st October for the final instalment.

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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