Helping Hart

This winter the Blackwater Valley Rangers and volunteers have had the pleasure of joining the Hart District Council (HDC) Rangers on a few of their tasks.

Back in September Stuart, Sam and our volunteers joined Nick and Callum at Royal Oak Valley hay-cutting and cutting back willow.


Since then Sam and I have been able to help twice at Hazeley Heath where our volunteers got the chance to mingle in between digging out birch saplings. Sam and Bobbie also joined in the fun at the big RSPB and Hart volunteer get together also held there. Hazeley Heath is a beautiful site with its rolling hills of heather which made for a lovely view at lunch time. The volunteers and I were happy to help maintain the area as heathland.

Melvyn digging

Melvyn using the mattock to dig out tough Birch roots

Stu, Laura, Sam and I of the BVCP Rangers also go the chance to help at Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve. It was great to have a big group of us all out in one go. We all worked together with the guys from Hart, chainsawing and chipping to open up a ride and stream for dragonflies.


It has been great fun working with the Hart Rangers and fantastic to see some new sites. Thank you to all the Rangers and especially the volunteers who helped out on these tasks. Also thank you very much to Nick for his help coordinating us all. I look forward to us all working together again in the future.

Countryside Ranger (Acting) 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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