Digging for the Wellesley

Our rangers have been hard at work at Rushmoor Bottom, in Wellesley Woodlands manoeuvring a digger and our large tractor. We’ve had problems with unauthorised 4WDs entering our lovely beech woodland, causing a disturbance and damage. So by the new gate we installed on Rushmoor Road, we’ve been creating a vehicle barrier to dissuade access.

Our digger-trained rangers extended the existing ditch, and where there were underground utilities, we instead created a bund from logs and earth.

Creating ditch and bund

Of course the substantial logs needed to be collected from the woodland, so cue some careful driving between the trees with a banks-person keeping look out.

Retrieving Logs

It was a fun few days working with lots of the ranger team out to help. We’ll be monitoring the situation going forwards, but early indications are that it is working well to reduce the problem. So a great success for Wellesley Woodlands.

Senior Ranger Stuart

 

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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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