Surveying fallen trees from Storm Eleanor

Today we have a team heading out to check our sites after Storm Eleanor. When it’s safe and the wind subsides, we can then prioritise and clear up any fallen trees, like this one on at Prince’s Avenue in Wellesley Woodlands yesterday.

Mike and Stu clearing a fallen willow on the canal towpath

As we look after so many sites across the Blackwater Valley, it’s always useful to hear from people about any trees that are down or hung up across paths or boundaries. If you spot any fallen trees then please get in touch with a detailed location and rough diameter of trunk, so we can work out what kit and staff we need to bring.

Alternatively if you’ve been for a walk when the wind subsides and can let us know that an area is all fine, that’s really useful too as we can focus our efforts on the bigger jobs.

Please get in touch on either 01252 331353 or

Acting Senior Ranger Stuart


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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