Hazardous Tree Felling at Hawley Green & Blackwater

Last Friday most of the Blackwater Valley team were out in Hawley Green to make some dangerous trees safe.

Stuart and I conducted a tree survey in December on some of the sites we look after  in Blackwater and Hawley. We identified 4 trees which needed work because they posed a significant risk to car parks or paths.

Cut base showing rot on felled limb

Cut base showing rot on felled limb

When it came to the morning of the task we made sure to make the area around car parks and paths safe before work to avoid any accidents. When it came to felling, one of the dying trees posed an interesting challenge that involved several ropes and winches.

Winching a beech tree in the field

Winching a beech tree in the field

Before long Stu had the trees on the deck and students Jeremy, Dharma and Matt chipped the brash and tidied up the logs, whilst Bobbie used the blower to clear up the paths. On the way home we felled other trees by the playing field and in Blackwater Common.

A successful day removing danger from areas heavily used by people. It was satisfying to see our tree work go full circle from survey to felling of hazardous trees.

Acting Ranger Jenny

 

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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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