Rushmoor Bottom Glade

On Thursday the 2nd the volunteer team and I headed out to the heathland glade in Rushmoor Bottom (near the firing wall). We cut down trees and vegetation encroaching on the glade as well as sow seeds into the surrounding beech woodland.





The heathland glade was due for some maintenance because of it’s small size and it’s bramble encroachment problem. We worked on clearing the vast majority of the bramble with the brush cutters. Then we expanded the glade by cutting down multiple trees. In addition Matt and Janet worked on spreading native wildflower seeds into the surrounding woods, behind the firing wall, in the hopes of introducing these species into the woods.





At the end of a good days work the glade has expanded considerably and the bramble removed allowing more light to the ground. This will allow desirable species such as heather to thrive in the glade. Massive thanks to Matt, Janet, Mike, Dharma, Paul and Edmund for their hard work.

Ass. Ranger Sam Valente


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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