Restored path at Queen Elizabeth Park 

Yesterday the volunteers joined Laura, Jenny & I to cut back the southern path at Queen Elizabeth Park by Farnborough Station. Over the last couple of years we’ve been working west from the A325, cutting back laurel that has been encroaching and narrowing the tarmac path. 

Chipping the cut branches

Everyone worked really hard cutting back 80m of path, which produced a surprising amount of cut brash. We also litter picked and cut around the lamp posts to make the path more accessible. We aim to return in the Autumn for a couple of volunteer tasks, to finish off the remaining path section to the Cabrol Road Entrance.

Path before


Newly opened up path

Thank you to everyone for all your help.

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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