Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
The present community has its roots in the industrial revolution and later, aspects of the Chartist movement. Beaufort Hill is a part of what is now regarded as ‘Beaufort’. It is a linear development of housing, small commercial and light industry over the period of the industrial development in the 18th century to the present day, although industrial elements have declined. Beaufort Hill sits at the head of the Ebbw Fawr and Ebbw Fach Valleys .
The community responded in numbers when the threat of pond drainage was imminent. It was community support which prompted what essentially was an action group, to prevent pond drainage, and which encouraged the decision for the Beaufort Hill Ponds and Woodlands Preservation Society to take steps to become a company limited by guarantee. The community has a strong sense of identity which focuses on activities and adult educational opportunities at the Beaufort Hill Welfare Hall. Beaufort Hill Primary School, Pen-y-Cwm School,a facility for children with special educational needs, and playing fields add to community life.
The community is involved with another environmentally focussed organisation which aims to promote an area of industrial dereliction into a community amenity.
THE SOCIETY DIRECTORS
FORMATION OF THE SOCIETY.
The Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Preservation Society was formed in March 2005 in response to the threatened loss of the Beaufort Ponds, which, at the time, were owned by the Corus Steel Company, who closed the Ebbw Vale Tinplate Works in 2002.
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council owned the site and negotiations for them to take over ownership of the ponds from Corus were completed on February 22nd 2007.
Beaufort Hill Woodlands is managed by B.G.C.B.C Regeneration with the Leisure Department managing the Ponds area in partnership with our Society.
The society is a newly formed company, limited by guarantee, and was incorporated on February 28th 2006 and is managed by a board of directors, currently consisting of fifteen directors who represent a cross section of the community.
We currently have vacancies for two directors, and if anyone is interested in becoming a director of the society, please contact us.
About the Society.
Rex Herbert MBE - Honorary President
John Hillier - Secretary
David White - Chairman
Eric Smith - Vice Chairman
Roy Lynch - Treasurer
Robert Smith - Minutes Secretary
Jeff Williams - Website Editor
Miss Sally Morgan
How to join or upgrade your membership
We are actively looking for members new, and existing, to help support our work, financially and/or actively.
We are also looking for new committee members who can support and participate in leading our many projects.
If you would like to become a member and/or support the Society by subscribing, then please complete the second page of the Membership Application Form.
The cost of membership is:
• £1.00 per adult
• £0.50 per child (under 18)
Subscription rates are:
• £5.00 per annum Individual membership
• £7.00 per annum Family membership
Members will receive regular newsletters and access to our exclusive member offers whilst helping to support The Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands.
To download a membership form, please click on the following link.