Blackwater Valley Volunteers out in force at Lakeside

Yesterday I was joined by 16 of Blackwater Valleys finest volunteers for a full on day of willow bashing and chipping around the meadow. During the spring/ summer the meadow is lovely and boasts a beautiful display of Orchids and Helleborines, as well as, other flowers. Our task was to remove the invading willow scrub threatening the meadow.

Throughout the morning we cut the scrub at such a rate I was worried we would never chip it all! But of course I had nothing to worry about the chipping group finished right on time even though they had a couple of blockages. I was very lucky to have such experience within the group. 

By the time we finished the meadow it looked very different between the lack of scrub and the two mountains of chippings we produced.

All round it was a great day which I thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you as always to everyone who attended.
Assistant Ranger Charlotte

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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1 Response to Blackwater Valley Volunteers out in force at Lakeside

  1. richard horton says:

    Charlotte and all, if you need to get rid of any Chippings we can use them at Tices Richard

    Sent from my iPhone

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