Blooming Marvellous work at Ash Green Meadows


On Thursday we were tasked with installing three finger posts and a new path at Ash Green Meadows.

Following a very muddy day in the rain installing a map board by the car park last Friday, we quickly realised that the entrance to the dismantled railway track from the car park was very slippery. Due to this concern it was decided that a new safe path was of high priority.

It was very nice to work in the sun for a change, making the path safe for access to the site and the new map board. It was even better that we had the pleasure of Blooming Marvellous helping us for the day.

Originally asked to install two finger posts, the skilled group showed us how it was done by getting them both installed before lunch and then installed a third one! Then helped us cut and fit the terram and fill in the path with aggregate.


Paul, Mike, Eric and Stu did great work installing the sideboards for the path to maintain the shape of the path. Truly skilled work, well done !

If you would like to test out the new path you can find it here, and two of the new finger posts are installed east of the car park on the track. The third can be found here. 

A huge thank you to everyone that joined us on Thursday, it was a great days work and we all had a lot of fun as well. A thank you also to Jeremy and Stu for finishing the path on Friday.

Assistant Ranger Bobbie

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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