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Beaufort Hill

Ponds & Woodlands

A Local Nature Reserve &

Community Green Flag Award Winner

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Awarded for seven consecutive years


SNAP! Biodiversity Photography Competition 2012.

We were invited by Miss Nadine Morgan of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council – Biodiversity Department to participate in this years “SNAP” - Biodiversity Photographic Competition 2012 at Beaufort Hill Woodlands. The planned activity, “Habitats and Landscapes”, took place on September 26th 2012 between 9:30 am and 12:00pm. Mr John Hillier’s Year 9 Creative iMedia class were guided around the woodlands area by Mr Chris Hatch, a local ecology consultant. He identified to the group many plant, animal and fungi around the area. Here, opportunities existed for the pupils to take snap or two… A selection of the photographs will be entered into the school section of the completion on Friday 19th October. Good luck to the group.

 Ebbw Fawr Learning Community 2012 - John Hilliers' reports.


We recently received our packs of trees and hedgerow whips from the Woodland Trust which supports the Jubilee Woodland project. Mr J Hillier and Mr A Griffiths instructed and supervised the Year 9 Land Management group with the planting of approximately 100 trees on Wednesday 14th November at Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands. Further planting and woodland management tasks will continue into the spring. It is planned to plant a Royal Oak tree at the entrance of the woodlands to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee.

SNAP! Biodiversity Photography Competition 2012

I am delighted to inform you that our Year 9 Creative iMedia class has been awarded “2nd prize” and “Best new entry” in the “Schools Category” for the SNAP! Biodiversity Photography Competition 2012. Our prize was presented in a prestigious Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 29th November 2012, at Llanhilleth Miners Institute and was gratefully received by Casey Dykes-Jones and Paris Maguire. The evening included a speech from the Mayor of Blaenau Gwent and there was also an interesting presentation on “Photographing Wildlife” by Andy Rouse, who is a professional photographer.


John Hillier – Woodlands Director and Welsh Baccalaureate Coordinator organised an activity to support the “Keep Wales Tidy Towns” initiative. The idea was to engage pupils of the local schools to assist with the development and upkeep of the Woodlands. Activities consisted of a general litter pick and collection of coppiced materials for chipping. The chipped wood was used to re-establish the outdoor classroom log circle, which was unfortunately vandalised during the summer and to establish informal woodland pathways. The activity, took place on September 22nd 2012 at the Woodlands. between 10:00am and 12:00pm.  Six pupils volunteered their services throughout the morning activities: Catherine Lynch, Maia Callen-Davies, Kelsey Williams and Amy Taylor (Year 10 - Ebbw Fawr Learning Community) as well as Rhianne Hillier and Sophie Hall (Year 6 – Beaufort Hill Primary School)

John Hillier, who is the Society Secretary and also a Welsh Baccalaureate Coordinator at the Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, has involved a number of the students in the development and upkeep at the Woodlands site.

Below, are extracts from two newsletters that John has written for the school, and John will submit further reports of the students activities for publication on this website.

Please Note :-

The winning entries were the photos of the Fungus and the Mute Swan.

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