Southwood gets a spruce up

Yesterday the Southwood Woodland Volunteers joined us to tidy up the Old Kennels Lane Entrance, by cutting back and re-digging drainage grips on the cycleway. The volunteers also removed some fire-damaged fencing, which proved harder than expected with an over engineered lump of concrete. Luckily my slight frame was sufficient to delicately lean on the post to topple it over, much to the amusement of the volunteers.

Levering out the old burnt posts

Levering out the old burnt posts

Having excavated the substantial new holes the volunteers set about bedding them in with rubble, there was even a rumour of an illusive spirit level and string line being used. The replacement grass verge post has been sourced from sustainable green oak and routed to match the existing hardwood posts, so they tie in well.

Tamping in and levelling the new posts

Tamping in and levelling the new posts

Tim popped off and returned with his drill and rivet gun to swap over the blue pedestrian & cyclist way-mark disks for a truly professional look. Then after lunch we felled a snapped off willow tree by Kennels Lane, and finished off leaf blowing the cycleway and entrance.

The finished entrance

The finished entrance

A big thank you to everyone who helped out, and especially Paul H who has popped out several days this autumn to blow leaves off the paths, which is very much appreciated by everyone enjoying the woodland.

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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