What we do!

The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust was founded in 2006 by enthusiasts who care about the people and wildlife of the Blackwater Valley. We are a registered charity, with a dozen dedicated Trustees using their wide range of backgrounds to help conserve and improve its natural environment. This includes managing its countryside, and preserving its wildlife habitats and landscapes by making conservation projects happen. And that's not all - we organise events, and encourage the public to take part in our activities, educating them about and introducing them to the wildlife. In short, anything we can to make the Blackwater Valley a better place to live. 

If you'd like a taste of what we get up to, click on our Facebook icon bottom right of this screen. You'll see reports and pictures of walks and talks we've put on, environmental news from around the Valley, and general items of interest to anyone who might share our passion for this hidden gem of a Valley where we live.

Want to join us? Click on either the Support Us tab above to become a member, or the Contact tab for further details.


Upcoming Events

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2017
10:00 am Circular Walk – Arborfield
Circular Walk – Arborfield
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A seven mile circular walk around Arborfield, mainly on wide tracks through farmland and woods. We will start by visiting the Barkham Coombes before passing near to Bearwood  golf course and lake, then onto the grounds of CEDAR – the Centre for Dairy Research – and then turning south to[...]

Organised Events

Throughout the year, we operate a full calendar of organised events. These include exhibitions, fayres and other activities. More

Volunteers

Volunteers are essential in helping us complete our work. Whatever your skills are and however long you want to volunteer for.  More 

 

Membership

Join us with the knowing that your membership is helping towards the conservation and protection of the Blackwater Valley. More

 

The Valley

Within The Valley, there are many species of birds, butterflies, wildlife, and flora as well as recreational activities. Take a walk

 

Projects - Appeals


Blackwater Valley Swifts...Swifts are one of our most iconic birds. They visit us for just three months a year just to breed in our buildings. More


Swift Project Donations...If you wish to support us with the Swift Project, Click here to make a donation. 


Woodland Flowers... With the money from our 2017 appeal we want to improve the natural beauty of your local woodlands by planting native wildflowers under trees by footpaths.  More


 

See how to look after your own wood

August 31, 2017
... that's the kind made up of lots of trees. The Trust is being given a tour by the owner of a 30-acre wood near Basingstoke that he has owned and cultivated for thirty years....
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Help the Trust and win loads of cash!

August 31, 2017
There’s a new way you can support the work of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, and you could win yourself a big cash prize. You can now support our efforts protecting local green spaces and...
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John walks the whole path …..

August 31, 2017
Congratulations to John Howcroft who on the 7th August walked the entire length of the the Blackwater Valley Path, from Rowhill Nature Reserve in Aldershot to the War Memorial in Swallowfield, covering the 23.7 miles in 10.25...
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Events - Reports


Finchampstead Walk - 16th  September 2017

On an overcast but thankfully dry morning last Saturday, I was very pleased to be joined by twenty five other walkers for the seventh and penultimate walk in this series for the Blackwater Valley Trust.  More


Walk - Farnborough A/P - 19th August 2017

On a bright but breezy morning on Saturday the 19th eighteen of us met at the Cody Sports and Social Club off the Fleet Road for the start of the Trust's longest walk for a while. This was to be a just under ten mile route, starting off by the old RAE establishment perimeter More


Walk - Lakeside Park - 15th July 2017

On the 15th July we met at Lakeside Park for our fifth Trust walk this year. With a good turnout of about twenty five we set off into the park to pick up the Blackwater River path. It seemed that very few of the group had been here before so interest was high as we progressed north.More