Brookfield fencing and felling

On Tuesday Andrew, Jenny and I were joined by volunteers at the Brookfield section of BV Path. There were two key tasks, firstly to fence off an area of the river where the bank is slowly eroding. And secondly to remove a large leaning / hung-up Willow which Stu has had his eye on – I’m sure he was sad to miss it’s fall.

The fencing was rather a muddy job but we all got stuck in. Many thanks to Paul and David whom were unlucky enough to help me wheel barrowing the gravel down the path which seemed to get longer with every load. The end result was sturdy and looked great thanks to the experience in the group.

Mean while it was all excitement with Jenny, Andrew and the winch as the willow hit the deck. The path was closed by banksmen Chris, Melvin and Duncan and I think they rather enjoyed the show. All we heard was a massive thud.

Thank you again to everyone! A very productive day.

Charlotte, Assistant Ranger

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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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