Paving the way to improve Ash Green Meadow

Ash Green Meadows has had a new lease of life this week thanks to our dedicated Rangers and Volunteers. In the SW corner wildlife area, the surfaced path and boardwalk loop had a grass section, which could become muddy and hard to access in the winter (or wet June). To tackle this we laid a new 63m footpath and bridge ramps to complete the surfaced loop and make the meadows more accessible.

Stu did a fantastic job running the project on the ground, which kicked off with moving a mere 24 tonne sacks of scalpings down onto site with the tractor! The Blackwater Valley Countryside Volunteers came out to help in the rain to start off the new path and bridge ramps, laying shuttering and terram, then barrowing scalpings on top.

Work commences from either end

Today we were joined by 23 enthusiastic colleagues from SC Johnson who got stuck in working in the sunshine. Thanks to the earlier tasks, we were able to start path construction from either end with Stu & Paul, with the team set the challenge of avoiding a comedy zigzag in the middle. Meanwhile Jenny and Jeremy took a group off to cut back the overgrown bye-way track.

Just a few more barrow loads

Levelling off the scalpings

Thanks to Jo and Kate from Employee Volunteering for facilitating the task, and for securing a donation of £850 towards the material costs. Also to Colin from the BVC Trust for liaising with us to develop the project.

The new sparkly path

I’m very pleased to say that the path is joined up and we’ll pop down next week to top it up a bit. Thank you to all the volunteers and rangers, especially Stu, who did a fantastic job.

Senior Ranger Stuart

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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