Silver Gilded Tongham Wood

After attending the Guildford in Bloom award ceremony last Wednesday, we were extremely happy to find out that Tongham Woods was awarded Silver-Gilt in the Best Neighbourhood Category for 2018. Proof that all this hard work and perseverance by local volunteers does not go unnoticed. We should all be very proud of ourselves.

With a turnout of seven TWIG volunteers on Sunday, we all got stuck in to digging and widening the main path around the woods.

It was very hard work and pretty back breaking, but hopefully you can see from the picture below how great it is starting to look as we uncover paths that may have been lost for ages!

All the digging revealed a lot of earthworms, but today we were very lucky to have our young worm handler on standby, who carefully found a new home for them all.

Unfortunately, we did locate a lot of garden waste (including unwanted or newly trimmed plants/shrubs and other items, including fence posts and plastic buckets) had been dumped in the woods. We have removed what we could of the waste, but have had to leave the vegetation as we had no means of moving such amounts. This is not a matter of just looking untidy; it is harming our wood. Throwing garden waste like this is not a green solution. Native ground plants are getting smothered and non-native invasive species could possibly be introduced. Ultimately, it is fly-tipping and illegal.

Whilst all this was happening, the paths were raked and Mike, now known as “The Locust”, blitzed around the orchard flattening all the brambles and nettles. You must admit it makes an amazing difference!

Many thanks to all the volunteers that came out. 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!

Hopefully see you in October!

Tongham Woods Volunteer Task Leader 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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