Guiding the way to halo our veteran oaks

Today the Southwood Woodland volunteers were joined by 2nd Cove Guides to help out in the woods. They were clearing the invasive scrub from beneath the canopy of our veteran oak trees, to reduce competition and give the large oak trees a hand. This countryside management is more commonly called ‘halo cutting’ as you clear a ring around the older tree, but since our oaks grew along hedgerows, in this case we’re clearing a strip either side. You can see what the finished effect will be by taking a nose at the halo cut coppiced veteran oaks by the wooden snake at the main entrance.

Paul teaching the guides

It was great to see everyone working together, complete with a large fire. Thank you to all the volunteers for all their hard work.

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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