New Paths to Darby Green Pond

Last week Jenny led our second task to Darby Green Pond, where the volunteers and rangers opened up the paths with our chainsaws and chipper. Darby Green Pond is a new project for us, working closely with Yateley Town Council and the BVC Trust. We kicked-started the project with our November task, where are cleared wind-thrown trees and removed some of the invasive parrots feather plant from the pond.

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Jenny and the team

Over time many of the paths had become blocked by fallen trees and vegetation, so our task to open up a couple of key access routes was very important. This both encourages people to explore the pond and also ensures truck access for maintenance. The transformation on site had been quite dramatic as shown by the photos below, including discovering a lost bridge….

Darby Green pond path clearance C 10_11_16

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No longer a bridge too far..

Blocked bridge

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A former tangle of trees east of the bridge.

Darby Green pond path clearance B 10_11_16

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If you’d like to pop down and say hello, we’ll next be heading down on Sunday 29th January and Tues 28th February 2017, meeting in the Darby Green Centre Car Park at 10:15am. If you would like to find our more about this exciting project then please get in touch. A big thank you to Paul, Mike, Keith, Gabriel and Duncan for all their hard work and making such a massive improvement.

Ranger Stuart

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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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