Here for you!

Our aims are to enhance the environment for both people and wildlife by:

  1.    River Blackwater 

    Promoting public access to the countryside by means of a programme of events, including walks and talks
  2. Involving people in their valley and the wildlife on their doorstep
  3. Identifying improvement ideas, creating projects and raising funds to progress them
  4. Encouraging a sense of belonging in the Blackwater Valley

We work closely with other organisations who support our objectives including:

  1. Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership
  2. County and Local authorities
  3. Local groups with similar interests 

The Valley

The Blackwater Valley stretches from Rowhill on the Hampshire and Surrey border, to Swallowfield in Berkshire. After rising at Rowhill Copse, the river joins the Whitewater 23 miles later becoming the Broadwater. It has a surprisingly varied landscape rich in wildlife, and the shallow floodplain along the river, set amidst extensive heathlands and woodlands, contains many lakes and wet meadows created by many years of gravel and sand extraction. Over 300,000 people live in this area and the network of public green spaces and footpaths adds greatly to their quality of life.


Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust(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. 

Meet our Trustees

New Trustees are always welcome. If you think you may be able to help us please contact the Chairman, Mike Swaddling. 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.