Our Christmas Elves spruce up Tice’s Meadow

On Tuesday Santa’s Elves lent a hand at Tice’s Meadow for our infamous festive task and BBQ. We arrived to a beautiful icy morning overlooking the meadow, and set to work putting up the gazebo.

The Volunteers

This year was our largest Christmas Task with 30 volunteers from Blackwater Valley & Tices Meadow Bird Group, hosted by the entire BVCP team. Stu took a group off to cut back crossings over the mighty (3 foot wide) River Blackwater, whilst Jenny led clearing invasive willow from a reed bed. Meanwhile Bobbie and Sarah nurtured a roaring fire, with the comic leaping towards the heat to retrieve the potato-laden ammo box.

The newly opened up reed bed

Our usual lunch was surpassed with hot BBQ food thanks to Laura, Emily, Sam and Callum, followed by Christmas presents for everyone. It was great for all the volunteers to mingle and catch up.

Our expert chefs

Before leaving site we decided to admire the sunset, open some emergency chocolate and start Jenny’s jigsaw puzzle present. I couldn’t possibly comment on the rumours of a link to sightings of Richard returning with jump leads….

Admiring the sunset

The day was a huge success with lots of work achieved to help Tice’s Meadow Reserve, and a chance for us to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers.

Acting Senior Ranger Stuart

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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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One Response to Our Christmas Elves spruce up Tice’s Meadow

  1. Richard Horton says:

    Great day everyone
    Many thanks to all
    Richard

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