Welcome to BVCT

Welcome to the website for the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust

You can turn to the ‘About’ page to find out more about our aims and objectives, but put simply we’re a group of trustees and volunteers (membership at present over 350) doing all we can to look after the South’s hidden environmental gem – the Blackwater Valley.  

We’ve grown robustly since we started in 2006 but we always need more people to get involved with our work – whether as a Trustee, a member or a volunteer. Joining is quick, easy and cheap – just click here, or here for more information about us.  

Please take a few minutes to stroll round our website. If you are one of the 300,000 people fortunate to live in the Valley, we hope it will make you want to help.

 Do you need firewood?

If you’ve got a log burner and need a reliable source of wood for the coming winter, you can get it from the Trust and help us at the same time.  
The work of our sister organisation, the BVC Partnership, in the Valley produces a regular supply of wood perfect for log burners. It’s either natural fallen timber or manufactured eg. disused fencing. A mixture of seasoned hard and soft wood, it’s brought back to BVCP at Ash Lock in Aldershot and cut to size or split by volunteers. 
We don’t want to compete with local commercial firewood sellers, but you’re likely to find our prices lower because we’re not looking to make a profit. And all proceeds will go to the Trust to help fund our environmental projects. The prices are:
Fencing rails – £3 per bag (rubble sack size) or £10 for 4 bags, £20 for a tonne sack
Split logs – £5 per bag or £12 for 3 bags, £30 for a tonne sack
Please call 01252 331353 for more details and collection hours.

AGM Is Standing Room Only

November 17th 2015

The Trust’s AGM this year was its best attended ever! We counted 65 people, including some standing and others perched on tables. We thought we might have to put the ‘House Full’ sign up outside …..

Chairman Mike Swaddling presented the report of activities for the year, new Treasurer Alan Rolfe announced a small surplus, and then after the break we had two presenters – Stuart Croft, BVCP Ranger, elicited lots of ‘aaahs’ from the audience with the cute photos of his barn owl project, and Francis Kelly drew gasps of admiration for his stunning photographs of butterflies in the Blackwater Valley.

Our thanks to everyone who came along for their support.