A step in the right direction 

On Friday a mixed group of staff, students and volunteers tackled the old steps at Lakeside. They were slowly falling in to disrepair and needed some attention.

 Stu had a master plan which luckily avoided us moving the great slabs of concrete – for which we were all grateful. 

We replaced all the wooden boards and stobs and then used a breaker bar to smash up the concrete behind each step.  

We then topped up each step with aggregate and tamped it to give a smooth finish.

A very productive day which we all enjoyed. Thank you to our dedicated volunteer Paul and our three students Gabriel, Matt and Jeremy. And ofcourse Stu, Jenny and Andrew. 

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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