National Tree Week

This week is National Tree Week where the UK celebrates it’s trees and starts the winter tree planting.  Trees are vitally important for our climate, air quality and numerous other species, from large mammals to the tiniest invertebrates.

At Wellesley Woodlands we have a large range of different trees, coniferous and deciduous.  In Rushmoor Bottom there are big stands of Beech which are over 100 years old. They are now being to reach the end of their life but even still they play host to fungi and bats, living within their stem, roots and branches.  I love how gnarled and twisted they can get. 

Do you have a favourite tree in the Valley? What species is it and where is it? 

Ranger Laura 


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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