Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
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.
To find out more about the designation of the five sites, please visit the C.C.W website, by clicking on the following link.
JULY 2013 - BEAUFORT HILL PONDS & WOODLANDS WIN A GREEN FLAG COMMUNITY AWARD FROM KEEP WALES TIDY
The Society are delighted to announce that we have been given this prestigious award in recognition
of all the hard work that has been carried out on the site by a small group of directors in members, so that
the community can continue to enjoy the ever-improving facilities within the Ponds & Woodlands.
Congratulations to Green Flag Community Award Winner Beaufort Hill Woodlands
This year, Keep Wales Tidy has awarded the prestigious Green Flag Community Award to a record 61 parks and 56 community managed green spaces in Wales.
The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country as well as driving up the quality of green space.
Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Preservation Society are extremely proud to earn the right to fly the Community Green Flag at Beaufort Hill Woodlands and to receive recognition of the high standards maintained throughout the year. On Saturday 27th July 2013 we held our first Community Woodland Event, where we engaged the community with activities for the children by making bird and bat boxes, green woodturning, willow hurdle making, face painting and balloon crafts and a woodland photography trail. The event was very popular and attracted 23 new members to the society. Their valued contribution towards Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Preservation Society and to support the on-going activities has been greatly appreciated and we will hope that this continues for many generations to come.
John Hillier, Director - Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Preservation Society commented:
“Our pledge this year was to provide Educational & Leisure facilities for the community by providing informal pathways around the woodland, which will include an intuitive orienteering system that will engage the community of all ages. To accomplish this we will continue to manage the woodlands by clearing scrub & trees that prevent the heath and undergrowth from developing, providing the access to these areas. Through these identified management activities, the skills and abilities of the volunteers within the community group will strengthen. Not only that skills will be developed within the group the training opportunities for the dedicated volunteers promotes the sharing of knowledge and will generate mutual support. Through demonstrating and sharing this practice we will able to encourage teamwork through motivation, example and community reward, strengthening our community group and generating further interest.”
Joanna Friedli, Green Flag Co-ordinator for Wales commented:
“Keep Wales Tidy is extremely proud that so many parks and green spaces in Wales have reached the high standards necessary to achieve Green Flag status. The feedback received from our experienced volunteer judges in regards to the dedication and effort shown by staff and volunteers at these parks has been fantastic. I would like to pass on our congratulations to every single park receiving the Green Flag Award 2013/2014 and the Community Awards 2013/14 and hope that together we can continue to raise the standards of parks and green space in Wales and provide our communities with fantastic facilities to enjoy throughout the year.”
To find out more about the Green Flag Award Winners in Wales , please click on the following link.