Xylem Looking After Our River

This Wednesday 10 enthusiastic volunteers from Xylem joined us at Hawley Meadows to help look after the river Blackwater.

Several of our volunteers braved the wet by getting in our little boat to tackle the build up of rubbish in the river. Navigating around the reeds and trees was hard work but they made sure to collect every bit of litter before floating down stream. Other volunteers braved the mud by litter-picking the banks of the river. By the end of the day we had half a trailer load.

Not satisfied with cleaning up the river the group also took to cutting back one of the lesser used paths. Being lesser used it had got quite impassable in places but with the use of shears and loppers the bramble was tackled and the path opened up. This will allow us to access this side of the site for future bridge repairs and pond maintenance.


A successful and enjoyable day. Thank you Xylem for your hard work and positivity!

Assistant Ranger Jenny

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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