A Trainee’s Testimony

I am currently doing my work placement in BVCP, which formed part of my Hampshire Futures traineeship plus project from Hampshire County Council.

The staff of Blackwater Valley are very welcoming throughout my placement and they are supportive and patient teaching me skills and training needed as a trainee.


Sam and Dharma installing a culvert

The team prioritize that I am included in variety of tasks and use different tools and machinery safely and correctly to enhance my experience. The Rangers always explain me the tasks I have been working out, method to do it and benefits of it along with future plans and task.

Students and Pennyowrt

Jeremy, Matt and Dharma removing the invasive Floating Pennywort


So far I have sown wildflower seed, surfaced the path with aggregate, removed and cut down trees and unwanted plants and just today I have cleared rubbish and Floating Pennywort from Blackwater river, it’s amazing.

I am really enjoying my placement in BVCP due to the friendly staff and volunteers and different outdoor task. I am looking forward to work more on machinery.

Trainee Dharma Gurung

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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