Hogmoor, Deadwater Valley and the Green Loop
Heaps happening at Hogmoor…
Have you visited Hogmoor Inclosure recently?
Visitors will now see a new rhino mulch play surface around several items of play equipment and we’ve added new planters next to the zip wire to cut down on erosion in response to the damage caused by two large fires last month.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors that fires and barbecues are not permitted in Hogmoor Inclosure and if you see someone setting a fire, you should report it immediately.
In more pleasant news, it has been fantastic to get back to running some of our events, such as Deadwater Valley Trust’s Spring into Health. We also organised Hogmoor Inclosure’s first outdoor theatre performance of 2021 to great success with several families enjoying the sunshine for Theatre2U’s production of ‘Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 funky pigs’.
International Dawn Chorus Day saw attendees treated to the call of chiffchaffs, goldfinches and woodpeckers, and delighted by the sight and song of the elusive woodlark. And St Barnabas Day on June 11, saw the re-enactment of The Blessing of the Bower with the Woolmer Forest Heritage Society.
The unique occasion saw Children from Woodlea school, Rabbit Class work in teams to harvest foliage and decorate the bower at the top of the Walldown Monument.
To mark the event, Whitehill Town Council Town Mayor Bisi Kennard and several members of the public attended an afternoon ceremony which saw an introduction from Dr Bill Wain of The Woolmer Forest Historical Society and a reading from ‘The Natural History Of Selborne’ by Gilbert White. The Bower was then blessed by Rev Alice Woods and the invocation and procession around the Bower was led by EHDC Leader and Local History enthusiast Adam Carew.
Keep checking our Facebook and website for updates of events coming up in July:
- Annual Duck Race
- World Ranger Day
- Summer Holiday activities
Home-Start in partnership with the Deadwater Valley Trust also held a number of great events at the Hogmoor Inclosure, such as local families’ fun activity mornings. The sessions were part of the East Hampshire District Council ‘Spring into Health’ festival and gave local families the opportunity to explore the natural environments in and around Whitehill & Bordon.
For our first event, we held a Teddy Bear Hunt in the Bordon Inclosure, where children had great fun searching for the teddies that Julie, the Community Ranger for Deadwater Valley Trust, had hidden.
The following week, we got our hands dirty during a bug hunt at the Deadwater Valley Local Nature reserve where all children were able to take their new magnifying glasses home so they could continue bug hunting from home. Children also learned the basics of den building at the Hogmoor Inclosure, not to mention the fun-filled time jumping in puddles and exploring water.
During Half Term, we offered a session for older children and had a memorable morning in the Bordon Inclosure learning from Julie, our expert ranger, how to light, look after and put out campfires safely. They also learned some basic campfire cooking skills, making damper bread, pizzas and pancakes.
The ‘Spring into Health’ festival has now ended but Home-Start runs weekly outdoor groups for families with preschool children. We meet on a Tuesday morning 10am-11.30am. For more information, call 0330 124 2095 or email [email protected]. To find out more about events run by the Deadwater Valley Trust visit: deadwatervalleytrust.co.uk
To help make these events a success, we welcomed back our regular volunteers and are now looking to add new members to the ranks. If you are interested in volunteering for our weekly Monday work parties or our monthly Bordon or Hogmoor Inclosure work parties please contact the Ranger office on [email protected] or 01420 479070.
An update from the Deadwater Valley Trust
Work has continued in the Deadwater Valley Local Nature Reserve to improve the pathways as part of the Green Grid, Green Loop project.
The works include a levelling up process where trees are protected and covered, improvements to drainage, bridge replacement and the strengthening of selected areas. While the works may cause mild disruption in the short term, it will allow for greater accessibility and encourage more people to make their way around the town on foot in the long term.
In other news, Deadwater Valley Trust Rangers have been getting virtual. You may have seen some of the Rangers making their way around the Hogmoor Inclosure and Local Nature Reserve wearing headsets and wielding cameras. That’s because they were asked by Countrywide to assist in filming a ‘day in the life of a range’ Virtual Reality video for college students, in hopes of inspiring others to become Rangers and get involved in their local areas.
Finally, we are delighted to invite you to join the Deadwater Valley Trust AGM which will be held virtually again this year on June 22nd at 7pm. If you would like to receive the joining details please email [email protected].
New navigation features to be installed on the Green Loop
Eye-catching and innovative features will soon be installed along the Green Loop, helping people navigate around the town on foot and by bike.
Over the next few months attractive and colourful totems, benches and blocks will be added to the 7km network of pedestrian and cycle paths loop to guide residents on their way or give them a chance to rest and relax.
The project is being delivered in partnership by East Hampshire District Council, Hampshire County Council, Urban Place Lab and landowners, using money awarded from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Later in the year there will be a chance to work with EHDC to develop ‘Diamond Moments’ on the Green Loop. Watch this space! For more information: whitehillbordon.com/green-loop-wayfinding/