Roving at Rowhill – a transformed boardwalk

Today I popped down to Rowhill to see the newly-installed replacement boardwalk, and took some comparison photos to show the dramatic transformation.

The earlier wooden boardwalk through an area of wet woodland, was showing it’s age and had become uneven and slippery. So it was replaced with a more accessible & longer-lasting recycled plastic design. It was a great opportunity to work with our partners, with our Blackwater Valley Ranger Team led by Stu installing the main section, and then working with the Rowhill Nature Reserve Volunteers and Christian on the second length.

Eastern end of boardwalk – before and after

Middle of boardwalk – before and after

Western end of boardwalk – before and after

A huge thank you to everyone involved for all their hard work. The new boardwalk is a fantastic addition to Rowhill Nature Reserve and is attracting lots of positive comments from visitors.

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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