Blooming Marvellous!

Recently Stu, Mike, Eric, Dharma and I headed out to Thorn Hill to meet up with the ‘Blooming Marvellous’ volunteer group. The 10 strong volunteer group got to work right away helping us clear the laurel problem shown below.

IMAG1228We have been working on removing the laurel at Wellesley sites for a number of years now, this is to prevent the laurel dominating the woodland floor and preventing  any other vegetation from growing. IMAG1233

As you can see the group did a fantastic job of clearing a massive amount of laurel, thanks for all the hard work from the volunteers.

Sam Valente, Assistant Ranger


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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