Category Archives: Sites

A gripping saga!

It all started during lockdown! When restrictions were lifted slightly and we were classed as keyworkers, I was able to visit some of our sites to carry out inspections, which included looking at everything such as the fences, gates, bins, … Continue reading

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Reopening Ash Green Meadows and Wellesley Woodlands Car Parks

In line with the new government guidance today we are reopening the car parks at Wellesley Woodlands and Ash Green Meadows. Enjoy the fresh air but please keep your 2m distance from other users.

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Swan Lake Access

Due to ongoing work at Swan Lake by the Swan Lake Fishing Syndicate access to the island is currently unavailable, with the footbridge and pathway closed for safety. This includes the clearance of trees, plus draining and digging out the … Continue reading

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Footpath Closure in Wellesley

Due to emergency water mains work a footpath in Wellesley Woodlands has been closed for safety. This closure affects the Plane and Beech Trail.  Please do not attempt to set around the barriers as the leak has caused silt build … Continue reading

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Welcome to Cheyne Wood

Cheyne Wood is an area of woodland and scrub that lies between Cove Brook and the M3. This rather unassuming patch of about one acre on closer inspection reveals some large old interesting trees, maybe remnants of the local wood … Continue reading

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Saturday 15th Wellesley task cancelled

Just to let everyone know that the weekend task for Wellesley has been cancelled due to the weather.

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Clearing windblown trees from the storm

I’ve just returned from Rushmoor Bottom in Wellesley Woodland where we had a chunky Downy Birch fall over one of the roads. Kindly Jenny, Matt, Bobbie & Liam took a break from their tree works in Southwood Country Park to … Continue reading

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Wishing you a Welly Christmas

Yesterday our entire Blackwater Valley Team and 20 volunteers descended on the Wellington Monument for our famous Christmas task and BBQ. Despite the decidedly damp weather everyone was eager to get going. We cleared invasive trees and laurel to open … Continue reading

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