Prince of Culverts

Stu and I headed out to Princes Avenue on the 17th October to improve the condition of one the paths that had become very wet and muddy over time.

We set out to improve the drainage of the path by using the digger to create long ditches leading downhill from the pathway to prevent water from pooling on it and holding ditches along the sides of the path to improve water catchment and capacity.


Then Laura, Jeremy, Dharma and I headed back out on Friday the 20th to continue the improvements by laying a length of culvert pipe under the pathway to allow water to run underneath it. To finish the work we tamped aggregate over the wet areas of the path to get it in good condition while we wait for it to dry out.

On the third day, Friday the 27th, Laura, Jeremy, Dharma, Bobbie and I completed the drainage works at princes by installing one more culvert nearby and completing the aggregate laying to restore the path to its former glory.

Sam Valente, Assistant Ranger

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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