Banking Success at Hawley Meadows

Last week colleagues from the Royal Bank of Scotland joined Andy, Bobbie and I to cut back fence lines at Hawley Meadows. This was one of four days on site in preparation for the Hawley Meadows Path Project, where over the summer key paths will be raised and surfaced to provide an all season link in the Blackwater Valley Path.

The proud RBS volunteers, Andy and I

The volunteers got stuck into unearthing the hidden fence on the far side of the meadow from the car park. Over the years, overhanging branches from the fenced scrub area had begun encroaching on the meadow and pushing the path sideways.

Hawley Meadows at the start of the day

A freshly exposed fence fit for our new path

Now the fence line is cut back there’s much more room for the path works and it also makes it much easier to maintain the fence.

Volunteers clearing the fence line

Using our imaginatively named saw-on-a-stick

Despite the heat, the volunteers worked amazingly well armed with saws and loppers, clearing a brilliant 250m. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work.

Stuart, Acting Senior Ranger

 

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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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