Corporate task (Saving the Saplings !)

Thursday 27th we had the pleasure of staff from Surrey County Council joining our usual Thursday volunteer task which was based at Thorn Hill. The main task of the day was to make happy saplings :). By this I mean removing tree guards for saplings that were ready for a big stretch now they were out of reach of nibbling creatures.


Some saplings were removed and placed in areas were we believe they would be more successful. Unfortunately this meant knackering out our outdoor newbies as they had to give the spades a headache to make room for the saplings in what used to be an old concrete car park. I’m sure our saplings appreciated it gang.

On top of having approximately 15 new volunteers for the corporate task we also had John who decided to join us after volunteering for Southwood. John did a fantastic job and we hope to see him again soon.

As usual meticulous Mike was pointed in a direction with some sharp mechanised equipment and released. Wonderful job on the stairs and pathways Mike!


Two new volunteers were renamed the finders after finding an old tent, mysterious carrier bag and this rusty item (have a guess in the comments) you never know what you might find when joining BVCP.


It was a pleasure to meet you all and i’m very happy to hear that you all had a good time. Speaking to most of you I very quickly realised you all play a very important part in changing young lives and now you are an important part of changing Thorn Hill for the better. I very much hope to see you all again soon Hopefully bringing with you new faces as we are always after new volunteers :).


Assistant Ranger Bobbie Withers




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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