Looking After Our Veteran Oaks


A few weeks back I visited the beautiful Southwood Woodland for one of our monthly Sunday volunteer tasks.

This month the our aim was to give our veteran oak trees a helping hand. We achieved this by  removing the smaller trees beneath and next to the canopy so that it may reduce competition. This process is known as halo cutting because of the shape of the clear space made around the trees when complete. Since most of our oaks originally grew along hedgerows, we often simply clear a strip either side. Keep an eye out for haloed oaks around the woodland, like behind the snake sculpture.


Thank you to everyone who attended the task.

If you would like to join a task, the next one is on Sunday 26th February. We will meet at 10:30am by the Old Kennel’s Lane Gate.

  • All tools and training are provided on these friendly & informative events
  • Just wear old outdoor clothing, boots or wellies and waterproofs
  • We’ll bring the brew kit for hot tea and frappuccino
  • Children under 16 need to cajole an adult

For more information please ring our offices on 01252 331353

Assistant Ranger Jenny Sibley



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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