Find a Fence and Fix it

On Tuesday 5th December the BVC volunteers joined Stuart and I at Wharf Plantation, Wellesley Woodlands.  Stuart disappeared off into the main bit of woodland with some volunteers to widen the track as it’s tricky to fit a truck and trailer down here, and be able to turn it around.  This will enable us to do future work in the centre of the wood far easier than before.

The rest of the volunteers stayed with me just off the car park to remove an old bit of fence that Bobbie had uncovered earlier in the year on an previous task, and install a new one to match the one behind the car park itself.  This proved to be more of a challenge than we expected.  The old fence came out easily enough, with the wood heading for the Wood Gnomes…

… but then we discovered that the ground underneath was made up mostly of bricks and flint!  This made the digging very hard, slow work.

But this didn’t deter the volunteers, who kept at it, carefully making sure the posts were the correct distance apart for the rails and that the posts were upright and secure.


In the end we didn’t get chance to finish the fence in one go so Paul and Mike kindly volunteered to come back out again the next day to help Sam, Bobbie and Jenny to finish the fence.


Thank you to everyone who came out to help.  The whole area looks so much better now.

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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