Student’s Skills Developed


My name is Adam and I am a Trainee from Hampshire Futures and am volunteering here with Blackwater Valley in order to gain experience and skills for a prosperous career.

At Blackwater Valley I have learnt and exercised many new skills that will help me in the future for my career. Some of the skills I have learnt are strimming and shrub clearance. The Rangers have trained me on the strimmer as it can be a dangerous high powered tool.


Jeremy and I installing brass rubbing posts.


I have also built bridge abutments and bridges over the Blackwater river at Tices Meadow and Rowhill. The bridges were made from metal, recycled plastic and Oak and ranged from 6 metres to 9 metres.

Students Jeremy, Adam, Matt Gate Fix

Jeremy Matt and I fixing and replacing old fence gate.


Some more key skills I have learnt are fence erecting, fence dismantling, post erecting and tampering. I had the opportunity to lead one of these tasks as a student and it ended up very successful. In addition to this I have also assisted in using bigger machinery such as the chipper and tipping trailor.

Proud team students

Leading a successful fencing task.


In the near future I would like to become a ranger myself or get into the landscaping trade. The experience here has been a great stepping stone towards these goals.

Adam Drysdale Trainee


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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2 Responses to Student’s Skills Developed

  1. Bernard says:

    Tampering is a strange skill to be teaching, my mother always told me “not to pick it as it will never get better”. In the same way if you keep tampering with things they are likely to break or not work anymore.
    Maybe just stick to tamping down around the posts and then leave them alone. 🙂

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