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Cutting the way
Fri, 13 Jul 2018
On Thursday 12 July I was joined by Paul, Mike, Eric, Matt and Ed at Chalk Farm, Wellesley Woodlands to cut back the paths and remove brambles from around the saplings planted roughly 4 years ago.  Matt, Ed and Mike … ...
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Wellesley Workers
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
It’s now the end of a long day hosting the AAA, – a large Wellesley Woodland event for pupils from eight local schools. We’ll post later with more news of the event, but in the meantime I wanted to say … ...
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Digging for the Wellesley
Sat, 09 Jun 2018
Our rangers have been hard at work at Rushmoor Bottom, in Wellesley Woodlands manoeuvring a digger and our large tractor. We’ve had problems with unauthorised 4WDs entering our lovely beech woodland, causing a disturbance and damage. So by the new gate we installed … ...
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Fencing Fanatics
Sat, 26 May 2018
The Blackwater Valley Rangers recently tasked the students to complete a fencing project from start to finish. The fencing in question was located on Puckridge one of our Wellesley Woodland sites. Initially Adam, Jeremy and I reviewed the damaged, and … ...
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Award for Wellesley Woodlands
Tue, 15 May 2018
I’m currently up in Northumberland at The Land Trust Managing Partners conference and Wellesley has won the award for the site delivering the most Beneficial/Improved Economic Activity. This is the first time this award has been handed out!  Thanks to … ...
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Bottom of the Revetment
Wed, 09 May 2018
On Tuesday 8th May the BVC Volunteers joined Stuart, Stu and I in Rushmoor Bottom, Wellesley Woodlands in the glorious sunshine and haze of mosquitos, to build a revetment in the stream which we have previous improved. Day 1. Day 2. Day … ...
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Laurel and Thorns 
Fri, 20 Apr 2018
Yesterday, 19th, in 28 degree weather, Bobbie and I were joined by Becky, Mike, John and Eric at Thorn Hill, Wellesley Woodlands, to cut back more Laurel. The central section of the woodland has been taken over by laurel which … ...
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Sun 18th March Wellesley Woodland Task Cancelled
Fri, 16 Mar 2018
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New Gate installed in Wellesley Woodlands
Wed, 07 Mar 2018
Yesterday our team headed out to replace a large vehicle gate in Rushmoor Bottom behind the Wellington Monument. Unfortunately the original gate bordering the MOD training area was damaged by vandalism. Our shared Massey Tractor worked with alacrity, lifting up the … ...
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Trees Planting in Chalk Farm
Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Never to pass up a chance to play with the digger and tractor, we’ve been working down at Chalk Farm in Wellesley Woodland to fill in gaps around the car park with three new trees. After confirming the location of the buried … ...
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Wellesley Woodland Walk 01/02/18 Cancelled
Wed, 31 Jan 2018
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More responsive tree work
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Stu and I have been out again today clearing wind-blown trees, at Gerry’s on the Blackwater Valley Path and Laffan’s Wood in Wellesley Woodlands. A lovely day to get out in the sunshine and use our winch training to safely … ...
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Winching trees out of the canal at Wellesley Woodland
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Sam, Stu and I have just returned from clearing 2 large willows that fell over in the wind last night, in Wellesley Woodland just east of the A325 Farnborough Road. They had blocked off navigation along the canal and also … ...
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Wellesley Woodlands Volunteer Programme
Wed, 17 Jan 2018
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Not That Kind of Flash…
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
On Thursday 11th January the volunteers joined Bobbie and I in Claycart, Wellesley Woodlands to start work on a flash alongside the Basingstoke Canal.  These flashes are low lying sections of land alongside the canal and are important little niches … ...
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Tree Surveying in Wellesley Woodland
Wed, 10 Jan 2018
Yesterday Laura, Stu and I headed out to Rushmoor Bottom to carry out a tree survey and assess any hazardous trees. The abundant mature beech and oak in the Wellesley Woodland, meant we often had to zig-zag some distance off the way-marked … ...
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Find a Fence and Fix it
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
On Tuesday 5th December the BVC volunteers joined Stuart and I at Wharf Plantation, Wellesley Woodlands.  Stuart disappeared off into the main bit of woodland with some volunteers to widen the track as it’s tricky to fit a truck and trailer down … ...
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