About the BVCT

BVCT is a registered charity working for the conservation, protection and improvement of the Blackwater Valley. It aims to enhance the environment for both people and wildlife by:

  • promoting public access to the countryside by means of a programme of events, including walks and talks
  • identifying improvement projects and raising funds to progress them
  • encouraging volunteers to assist with projects

BVCT works closely with partners including:

The Valley

The Blackwater Valley stretches from Farnham in Surrey, though Surrey and Hampshire to Swallowfield in Berkshire. The River Blackwater rises at Rowhill Copse, between Farnham and Aldershot and finishes 23 miles later when it flows into the Whitewater. It has a surprisingly varied landscape rich in wildlife, and the narrow floodplain along the river, set amidst extensive heathlands and woodlands, contains many lakes and wet meadows.

Over 300,000 people live in this area and the network of public greenspaces and footpaths adds greatly to their quality of life.
BVCT raises funds from grant bodies and other sources, such as the Landfill Communities Fund, certain Lottery Funds and charity aid schemes, together with funding secured from other sources such as local companies.


BVCT organises a full diary of events which can be found here.

Business Plan

The BVCT Business Plan sets out our objectives and partnership approach to achieving them.  More detail can be found here.


Why not use the contact form to Join the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust  or call us on 01252 331353 for an application form and help support its conservation work and educational programme.



Here are our Trustees – click on a name if you would like to email anyone directly

Bernard Baverstock

Colin Wilson

Alan Taylor

David Murr

Mike Swaddling

Sue Cload

Ken Bigrave

Chris Smith
Alan Rolfe

New Trustees are always welcome. If you think you may be able to help us please contact the Editor or Chairman. More than anything you need to be willing to give a little time to ‘make things happen’ for the Trust. We all have busy lives but want to do what we can to improve the Valley. We need a full range of support ranging through fundraising, publicity and communication skills to project management, experience or knowledge of recreation, wildlife and land management skills and importantly, developing our membership locally. If you want to help us just let us know and we’ll tell you more with no obligation.