Guildford Royal Grammer School Students help at Darby Green Pond

Today Jenny and I are working at Darby Green Pond litter picking and cutting back paths to open up access. It’s been a very successful day for our group of 11 volunteers with the students and local people, removing 3 m3 of rubbish with half of it going to be recycled. There was a competition on the most unusual litter, including a moped, bike, duvet and 7 chairs.  A huge thank you to everyone for all their hard work: The woodland and pond look so much better.

Intrepid explorers brave the depths

Intrepid explorers brave the depths

The soggy volunteers with our litter haul heading for home

The soggy volunteers with our litter haul heading for home

Also Mike Swaddling from the BVC Trust and local Councillor Adrian Collett came for a chat, so we could discuss future countryside management ideas for Darby Green Pond.  We’re next down at Darby Green Pond on at 10:15am on Tues 28th Feb when we’ll be removing the invasive plant parrot’s feather from the pond. If you’re interested in getting involved with the site, please get in touch at

Ranger Stuart & Jenny


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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