Fixing Fencing

It was a busy work experience session with Assistant Ranger Laura on Friday 6th.  We headed out to Wellesley Woodlands and started by repairing a section of fencing on Fleet Road that was damaged by a car at the end of last year.  Laura taught us how to use the post rammer safely, before helping us grapple with the Gripple and monkey strainers!  We finished off by attaching a section of dog-proof mesh – it was fiddly work, but the fence looked as good as new once we were done.

matt-fixing-fencing     fixed-a323-fence

We moved to another section of the woodland in the afternoon, where I worked with Jeremy repairing fence rails while Laura did a tree survey.  Then we all got stuck in to clearing a HUGE pile of discarded AstroTurf.  It was hard work untangling the strips from one another and we had to be careful to avoid getting a face full of damp sand!  We loaded as much as we could into the trailer and earmarked the rest for another day.

Before heading back to base we rounded up a couple of metal posts and added them to our haul.

Thanks for a great day Laura and Jeremy!

Matt – Merrist Wood student

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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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