Laurel and Thorns 

Yesterday, 19th, in 28 degree weather, Bobbie and I were joined by Becky, Mike, John and Eric at Thorn Hill, Wellesley Woodlands, to cut back more Laurel. The central section of the woodland has been taken over by laurel which has been left to grow unchecked. 

Alongside this Bobbie chainsawed a snapped off limb from a tree lying in the meadow and couldn’t wait to get out of the chainsaw trousers afterwards!  The volunteers cleared this up, along with trimming back over hanging branches and clearing up old fencing.

We’ve been tackling the laurel in Thorn Hill for a few years and we’re beginning to see new plants growing where they once dominated. 

At the moment it’s mostly sycamore seedlings, bramble, nettles and bindwind but it’s a step in the right direction. The reduced laurel is letting in more light to the woodland floor so keep your eye out for what else might appear. 

Thank your for all everyone help.

Ranger Laura 

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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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