Fixing machines

Today we were busy maintaining machines, with Tony and Jenny working on the motorscythe. The former nose cutter bar on the motorscythe was so old we were unable to get replacement parts, so Jenny ordered then fitted the modern equivalent ready for aquatic hay-cutting tomorrow. Meanwhile John fitted a new blade on the one we’ve been using that was kindly on loan from the Rangers at Crab Wood near Winchester, so it can be returned all shiny.

Also Laura finished mowing the Rowhill Meadow so we cleaned the flail and tractor ready for returning off hire tomorrow – basically lots of comic poking off mud and grass.

Tony and Jenny fixing the motorscythe

Tony and Jenny fixing the motorscythe

Ranger Stuart


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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