Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
Lynne Gornal 4th April 2015
What a wonderful site and resource the Beaufort Hill Ponds reserve and Woodland is! Just wanted to say thank you for an excellent visit there last weekend (Sat 28 March) with the Community Woodland assoc (Llais y Goedwig). Despite the rain, Roy, John and colleagues led us through the area and its features, and introduced Dafydd Fryer from Natural Resources Wales who gave a really inforrmative talk about the role of woodlands, and the unique Valleys landscapes, corridors of urban green. The work of the Beaufort Ponds Woodland Association has been really impressive, including the contribution of volunteers and members, and the whole site is a huge achievement. We were very appreciative of the hot drinks and welcome laid on at a nearby community hall and chance to meet others. We'll remember that day for a long time and hope we can link in with the group again at some stage and stay in contact (my email is above). Thanks again, and well done everyone! Lynne & Roger
Helen & Paul Payek 18 June 2014
Our first visit to the woodlands and we found it a very peaceful and beautiful place. We managed to get some good photos of butterflies and moths, which we would like to share with you. Please can you email us an email address, so we can forward them.
Alan Edwards 11 September 2012
Only just stumbled onto your site, i was totally suprised at the pictures of the area, I lived in lansbury terrace untill 1961, i’ve many happy memories of playing and fishing in the boat pond and the black pond, congratulations to all who worked so hard to transform the area to it’s present condition,i shall be visiting shortly, thank you for an excellent site
Emma Williams 9 August 2010
After living on Llangynidr Road for 21 of my 28 years I have fond memories of 'the mountain' from feeding the horses and ducks with my nan to playing with my friends and walking the dog. And now living back on Llangynidr Road I regulary feed the ducks with my daughter, we have family walks with the dog who enjoys it just as much as us. I hope my daughter will be able to have childhood memories as fond as mine of 'the mountain'.
Gareth Hopkins 09 July 2010
I'm fortunate to be living close to the entrance to this this fantastic area and I love it. I have seen it develop over the past 8 years and having just found this web site dedicated to the woodland i am proud to show it off to people I know.
Rob Smith 14 May 2010
The cuckoo is about; I've heard him/her singing quite a few times over the last two weeks. There are also two broods of mallard ducklings on the Black Pond, a pair with one female and eight with another.
Justin Thomas 12 April 2010
As another Beaufort boy , I would like to congratulate everyone concerned on the fantastic job being done. I used to play around the ponds as a child, and was upset when I heard that the ponds may be drained several years ago. Each time I come home I notice remarkable progress,together with the return of wildlife
Regards Justin Thomas QLD Australia
John Currie 08 February 2010
I just stumbled across your site and it brought back many memories. I lived at "Hillcrest", Beaufort Hill, as a small boy from 1957 (or58) to 1962. (Next door to "the Duke", now gone, I am told). My Dad worked at Richard, thomas & Baldwins (also gone) and we moved away back to the north of England when he passed away in 1962. I will never forget the wonderful times I had as a child playing by the ponds.
Thank you for keeping this a special place and reminding me of it.
Brian Jennings 10 January 2010
I only happened across the web site by accident. I had no idea this was going on. I have to say that it looks like you have worked wonders with the ponds and surrounding area. I shall have to pay a visit (and dig out my old rod – fishing is still ok I take it).
Though the use of names upper and lower puzzle; why was the Black pond renamed?
Tracey Davies-Weir 29 March 2009
I was out for a walk with my husband tonight and we could see a colourful sign in the distance. We walked up to it and discovered it was a woodland walk. I have lived in Ebbw Vale for 20 years and didn't know this place existed.
I wrote down this web address and couldn't believe what I'd been missing when I looked at the site.
I will be visiting again and staying longer next time.
Neil Roberts 16 March 2009
Hi ALL..Went for bike ride this morning(1st in 2years!) around the old Dram Road over to Brynmawr then back round Boat pond areas.. FANTASTIC work & well worth taking in by cyclists & walkers alike...
Jeff Davies 23 February 2009
How fantastic to see my 'playground' being preserved and enhanced by all your hard work. I spent my childhood playing on the 'mountain' after being born in Beaufort.
I still think of it as home and have many warm and happy memories. It's wonderful to think many generations will also have such a wonderful space in which to wander and enjoy.
Andy King 10 November 2008
I just read your news article on the new benches. How lovely it is to see young people getting involved in there community.
Well done to the Griffiths boys Gareth and Richard, keep up the good work lads.
Ian James B.E.M FRGS 16 September 2008
Well what a super site. I was born and raised in Beaufort, 1950 onwards. Dad lived in No 5 t he Rise opposite cafe. I live away now yet seeing the site reminds me of what a lovely place it has become. Great to see such dedication from all those involved in project and website. Please keep up the good, no GREAT work.
Alfie Griffiths 10 August 2008
Hi! Its Alfie, how r u? just to say I love going up and have a walk around the ponds and I mostly go up with Des Markey (a member) also I am a member of Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands Preservation Society, some of your members might see me there often. It is nice and peacful and It is nice to see all kinds of nature and flowers also some ducks and it is good to see that people are using the litter bin up by the top pond. Very clean and ideal for the little forest at the back (i never been up there on my own yet) but I have before, me, my brother and my dad did cross country running up there once and it is nice so it don't keep you board and you can get more exercise and it good for kids so they see diffrent things and also the best bit is for walking the dogs and the bin is ideal and I am sure in 5 years time it will be 10/10 and I think it is 10/10 now.
Margaret Davies 22 July 2008
I have looked around you wonderful website and I most certainly will be coming up to visit your woodland,I have always loved wildlife and recently through springwatch on BBC I purchased a camera and have been taking photos of the wonderfull things I have seen out and about,now after my scan through your site I am longing to come up a photograph your lovely place(especially the wildlife)
Neil Charles Roberts 08 April 2008
Hi ALL.. Been for another walk(Can't keep away) around The Boat & Black Ponds this afternoon with my boy & my camera.. FANTASTIC area fair play, congratulations to ALL concerned for the keeping up etc of The Area. I have plenty of pic'c & link on my Blog site which is being visited from different area's of the glob & also people who have visited the area from Wales after reading about it on the Blog.. Keep it going... ncrobo.blogspot.com
Sheila Holmes 05 February 2008
Had a quick look at the web site, it's very impressive and interesting. I thought that I had better mention the spelling mistake to the artist metalworkers name. It is Saraj Guha. I hope this is easy enough to amend.
Listed on the next two pages is an archive of the Guestbook comments we received on this, and our old website.