Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
Awarded for six consecutive years
2008 - SOCIETY WIN THE INITIATIVE AWARD.
The photographs below show the filming for the award nomination and Des Markey and Jeff Williams receiving the award, sponsored by Laing O'Rourke.
Society receive the "Community Group Biodiversity " award at this years B.G.C.B.C Environmental Awards ceremony.
Pictured left is Society Director Roy Lynch and his daughter Catherine, receiving a wood sculpture made by John James, a certificate and a cheque for £40.00 on behalf of the group.
The award was presented by BBC Wales Nature and Wildlife presenter Iolo Williams. Also pictured is Hedley McCarthy, who is the BGCBC Executive Member - Environment.
Society also received a certificate and wood sculpture for recently achieving the Green Flag Award from Keep Wales Tidy.
The 'Green Champion' was awarded jointly to Roy Lynch and John Hillier for all the hard work they have put in to help make the Woodlands site look as good as it does - well deserved for all their efforts.
2010 - THE SOCIETY WIN AN AWARD FROMTHE CAMPAIGN FOR THE PROTECTION OF RURAL WALES
On Thursday 2nd September 2010, society directors met at T.J. Thomas & Sons Henllys Suite to receive an award from C.P.R.W , this was followed by a walk around the Woodlands site.
These awards are sponsored by the Post Office Wales, which was represented by Stuart Taylor and CPRW were represented by :-
Dr Jean Rosenfeld,Director,CPRW Ian Burge,President of CPRW (Newport & Valleys) who presented a plaque and scroll to society chairman Rex Herbert MBE. Vic Warren,Chairman and Byron Grubb, Secretary of the Newport & Valleys Branch.
Byron, who lives nearby and regularly walks the woodlands site, has been so impressed by the development of the site, that he nominated us for the award.
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2009 - THE WOODLANDS IS AWARDED LOCAL NATURE RESERVE STATUS
In June 2009, five valleys nature sites were designated as Local Nature Reserves. Local Nature Reserves (LNR) were designated sites of local biodiversity or geological interest.
The sites, which cover 300 hectares of land - the equivalent of 276 football pitches, were :- Beaufort Hills Ponds and Woodlands, Cwmtillery Lakes, Parc Bryn Bach, Parc Nant-y-Waun, Sirhowy Hill Woodlands and Cardiff Pond.
These are areas which do not necessarily have the rarest species but are green spaces, which are there for public enjoyment.
They are managed by the council, which can introduce by-laws to protect the site and enhance the environment.
LNRs are also eligible for grant aid to help with management and the improvement of facilities.
Management committees would be set up locally in consultation with the Countryside Council for Wales and Gwent Wildlife Trust to attract funding for any work that needs to be carried out.
Cllr Don Wilcox, the council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “We are very proud to have these five green spaces of such outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep - now accessible to everyone so they can be enjoyed by the young an old alike."
LNRs are declared under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 and are designated by local authorities in consultation with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). CCW must be consulted on any development proposal that may affect the special interest of a LNR and there must be a long-term commitment by the Authority to sustaining its wildlife value through appropriate management. This includes provision for a management plan and resources to implement it. LNRs also must provide an element of appropriate access, education and study potential. Prior to this announcement,Blaenau Gwent currently had only one Local Nature Reserve - at Silent Valley.