All Hands on Board

It was a frosty morning on the 19th December when the Blackwater Valley Countryside Volunteers gathered at Darby Green Pond. When we arrived passers by had little idea of the sites name or what had been done there. The non-native invasive Parrot’s Feather had gathered in the pond, litter had been left and paths needed a cutting back. But not by the time we left, oh no!

Bobbie, Callum, Tony, Edmund and Andrew got straight to installing the new welcome board by measuring and digging the holes.

holes for info board callum and tony

Tony and Callum digging the holes

Meanwhile Duncan, Eric and Mike where using chromes to remove the remaining Parrot’s Feather from the pond. Trustee Mike and volunteers Keith, David, Sean and Becky cut back paths, picked holly for wreaths and coppiced hazel. Whilst Paul removed a mountain of litter from the woodland.

info board and vols end of day

The volunteers and I in front of the new welcome board


It has been fantastic to watch Darby Green Pond restored to a green space that welcomes visitors and wildlife. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on this task as well as all the other tasks here throughout the year.

Acting Ranger Jenny

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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