A fence to far

In the run up to Christmas the volunteers joined Charlotte and I for a sunny task at Moor Green Lakes. As you walk down from the car park the fence on the left hand side was showing it’s age, and wobbling with 18 rotten posts. First we set about removing the stock net and top wire from the old posts.

Paul removing wire from rotten posts

Paul removing wire from rotten posts

To ensure the new posts were installed away from the old snapped off rotten bases, we developed a cunning plan with the old posts laid out in the paddock (right) and the new ones lined up a foot along on the path side (left). Next in teams of two we used the drivel to bang in the beefy 4″ posts.

Tony and Charlotte driving in the replacement posts

Tony and Charlotte driving in the replacement posts

Last of all was the skilful matter of tensioning and re-attaching the wire to make the fence stock-proof. A massive thank you to Mike, Paul, John, Tony and Charlotte who stayed for a longer day to get the entire 90m of fence fixed.

The completed fence looking towards the car park

The completed fence looking towards the car park

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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