Clearing the way at Ash Green Meadows

Before we went into lockdown and all volunteering tasks were sadly stopped, I was lucky enough to have a fantastic 24 volunteers at Ash Green Meadows . The main purpose was to clear the regeneration scrub in the wet meadows.

It was a challenging day in surprise surprise wet conditions. The undulating ground made it tough to drag the cut scrub, but the volunteers made light work of getting the task completed. To save dragging all of the cut material a few of the team came up with the idea of making a dead hedge. This was a great idea and served as a barrier and good for nesting birds.  In summer the Blackwater Valley Ranger with the help of the BVCP Volunteer group plan to cut the wet meadows with the BCS alan scythe and move the rich in flora cut vegetation onto the meadows (Over seeding) that are not so rich in flora. This will be done on a yearly basis.

Many thanks to all of the Volunteers and helpers on the day. Like always without you help we would not be able to get this amount of work done on the day.

Ranger Stu.

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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