New Gate installed in Wellesley Woodlands

Yesterday our team headed out to replace a large vehicle gate in Rushmoor Bottom behind the Wellington Monument. Unfortunately the original gate bordering the MOD training area was damaged by vandalism.

Our shared Massey Tractor worked with alacrity, lifting up the old gate fragments to load onto the trailer.

Gently extracting the damaged gates

The new sturdier gate leaves were transported more carefully with strops.

Moving each new gate leaf to load onto the trailer

Hanging the heavy gate leaves was an interesting team challenge, with lots of creative ideas. I’m very pleased to say that both new bespoke gate leaves hung correctly, to fit the existing metal posts. Finally Stu and Sam dug in sockets into the tarmac to anchor the locked drop-posts. The new construction is much stronger and looks fantastic. Thank you to Stu, Sam and Jenny.

Gates after ram raiding

Our proud team by the newly installed gate

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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