Frimley Fuel Allotments 

On Tuesday the Blackwater valley volunteer group was joined by volunteers from Frimley Fuel Allotments Group for a task on their site. It was my first visit to the site so I was lucky to have Christa and experienced volunteers whom knew all about it and its history. The site is now part heathland and part woodland boarded on either side by a golf course. Our task was to remove invading scrub from the heath and thin the woods around it. 

In the morning we started the fire going by burning some brash from a previous work party which really got it going. When the fire was nice and hot we started to do some felling and scrub removal. 

Due to the nature of the site we had to be very careful with the fire. Heathland and peat can be very susceptible to burning. So after lunch we started to stack the brash and logs. 

When we had finished we had really opened up the heath area and hope to see our efforts rewarded with more heather. Many thanks to Christa and all the volunteers for their hard work! 
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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