Upkeep of North Farnborough Gate

Bobbie and I arrived to meet the volunteers and after setting up our base camp we received our site brief. Focusing mainly on being aware we would be working near some main roads and keeping hydrated and taking breaks when needed. Though it turned out to be not too hot which was lucky.

Path and steps beforehand

We split up into three teams with a couple of people doing a litterpick of the area who managed to clear away six refuse sacks of rubbish. The other two were cutting back the paths with one team (Duncan and Tony) using machines and the other using hand tools. As we worked so well we had cut all of the path before lunch so a team of three went out to fix some of the broken fence rails. After lunch a few used the polesaw to lift the canopy on a willow to enable us easier access. Whilst Tony used the leaf blower to clear anything left on the paths where we had been working.

Path and steps after our task

Collectively we worked well and did the task to a high standard so thank you to everyone who came out and lent us a hand.

Blackwater Valley student Edmund

 

 

 

 

 

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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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