Post Storm Boardwalk Repair

After the last storm a month or so ago the Blackwater Valley rangers had a call of a broken section of boardwalk at Ash Green Meadows.

I thought this would be a good test and some training for our regular students that work with us on a Friday. The Blackwater Valley rangers do many varieties of tasks, with the Rowhill Nature Reserve boardwalk replacement happening in the summer months I thought it a good idea to show the students how the boardwalk is constructed. When getting onto site it was clear to see the Wooden subframe had failed and not tree damage as I first thought. There was a small section of broken boardwalk. The students went to work and managed to take off the tread boards. They then secured the failed bearer that holds the boards in place. once all nice and secured again, the removed boards were put back into place.

I would like to thank the Students for their help on the day and making this boardwalk safe to use again. Great Job

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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