Tongham in Bloom

As we prepare for the arrival of the judges from Guildford in Bloom, nine of the volunteers from Tongham Wood Improvement Group (TWIG) met up for the July task.

Great thanks goes to the BVCP, who on Friday took their Kubota down to Tongham Wood and cut back the main path and mowed the picnic/play area. Due to this, our first job was to clear the area of all the cut hay. In the beating sun, most of us set about raking it into decent sized piles before clearing it away. Removing the cuttings encourages the growth of a variety of grasses and wildflowers.

The rest of the group cleared away any overhanging brambles and nettles from all other paths and tidied around the steps, benches and entrances.

Helped by the enthusiastic young relatives of some of the volunteers, we finished off with a litter pick.

It was lovely to get great feedback from some dog walkers that use the area a lot. Praising us for the work we do, to make the woods such a great place to walk around.

Many thanks to all the volunteers that came out today. Your help, as always, is very much appreciated.


TWIG meet at 10am on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the entrance off Garbetts Way. We would love to welcome more people to come and see what we do, and to get involved with maintaining and improving this local woodland area. Tools are provided and we’ll always supply the tea and biscuits!

Volunteer Matt



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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