Felling Fun at Kennels Lane Meadow

Yesterday the volunteers, accompanied by Stuart, Jenny and myself, went to Kennels Lane Meadow for a day of felling and chipping in the sunshine.

There was pleanty of felling to be done and the chance to take on some trickier trees for Jenny with her chainsaw and Duncan and Melvin with some rope. Mike was as ever on form flying through anything we directed him to. The chipping group had their work cut out for them in the morning with brash from a previous task but caught up in no time and were on the heels of our felling group.

The task was part of an ongoing project to remove encroaching trees and scrub from the meadow.The results show all the hard work that has gone into this site over the past years. Thank you again to everyone and I apologise again for forgetting the spare gas canister I won’t do it again and hope you can forgive me!

Assistant Ranger Charlotte

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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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