Ash Green Meadows gets a Boost

After a fantastic effort today from the whole Ranger Team, we’ve cleared historic rubbish to enable us to open up the new Ash Green Meadows Car Park at the end of South Lane in Ash. This car park provides parking for the newly opened Ash Green Meadows to the south.

Removing barbed wire and filling holes

The five Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership Rangers we’re joined by four students and trainees, whose kind help was very much appreciated. In all we removed over 7m3 of waste including barbed wire, a mattress, tyres and an old metal water tank, for which our baby tractor was very useful. Finally the large holes were filled creating a safe path out of the car park. At the end of the day we also mowed some paths and laid type 1 surfacing at some of the entrances onto the meadows, to reduce the muddiness of these pinch points.

Newly opened car park

Half of the rubbish we removed

If you’d like to pop along and find out more or get involved, then we’re hosting a volunteer task improving access on Thursday 8th November meeting at the car park at 10am.

  • All tools and training are provided.
  • Please bring suitable old clothes, waterproof, boots if you have them.
  • We’ll bring hot drinks, cappuccinos and biscuits.
  • Please don’t bring nuts

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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