Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
Awarded for six consecutive years
Gareth Morgan, M.B.E. 27 November 2007
I have only recently been given your Newsletter, and today I went on your Webpage. What you have achieved is tremendous, and to be congratulated for work which has been carried out at the project.
As a boy in the 40's and living in the top end of Brynmawr, the Eastern part part of your site was our play ground.
With your development and Parc Nant y Waun, it shows what a body of good and sincere volunteers can do to keep our heritage alive for others in thefuture.
ASAP I will be taking a walk around the Beaufort Hill Project.
Terry Edwards 24 November 2007
Jeff, this is a brilliant website. Well done to all who have worked on the ponds and woodlands and for your efforts on this website.
Rob Smith 24 November 2007
I've just returned from the Welfare Hall where the Society is holding its Open Day. Well done to all concerned; it was a very interesting and informative presentation!
Michelle Thomas 19th September 2007
I worked with the schools and Suraj Guha as part of my community development placement with BGCBC regeneration department(as part of the Blaenau Gwent Biodiversity Action Grants -'BAGs) It is so lovely to see the finished designs and see that Suraj has so sympathetically translated the childrens designs, particularly those of the Pen Y Cwm pupils(who i had the pleasure of working with). I had a brilliant time working on this project and highly commend the website too! Its a fantastic ammenity for the community of Beaufort and other areas too! please use this site!
Jane H Adrian 31 July 2007
The woodlands and paths look great - its really transformed the area from what I remember as a child. The work that your organisation has done is really commendable. It's such hard work and a real credit to all those involved. I work for a Scottish community woodland and I know full well how much time and effort it takes to get things done. Well done to everyone involved. Keep up the good work and the momentum. I really look forward to coming 'home' and visiting it before too long.
jeff herridge 28 July 2007
ive just discovered your sites(electronic & woodland) Great to see local people take an active interest in their community, It looks fantastic, you deserve it . WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!
elizabeth 23 July 2007
I haven't visited the area yet but your web site is lovely to read,loads of info. thank you.
Claire Henry-Davies 13 July 2007
What a pleasure it was to take my 18 month old daughter for a walk in the Beaufort Woodland -the site was easily accessible and ideal for a pushchair!Congratulations and well done to all those people who have worked so hard to construct such a beautiful area for us all the enjoy. Thank you!
Neil Charles roberts 09 May 2007
Great site and Fantastic work being carried out in the surroundings of The Boat & Black Ponds. Are there plans to place 'Angling Pegs' around the two ponds in the future? Will the two Ponds be cleaned out and replenished with stocks of fish?
Tony Evans 02 May 2007
I've been working in the area today laying a path at the rear of Little Lane. Its a pleasure to see the diversity of birds and to add to an earlier list I saw a Great Crested Grebe. I'm happy to be working on a worthwhile project to support preservation of the area.
Nicholas Beswick 11 April 2007
The first breeding bird survey visit was conducted on Good Friday. The following were recorded: Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Coot, Moorhen, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting. No summer visitors have arrived yet but we expect to see them on our next visit.
Nicholas Beswick 18 February 2007
Graham Hughes, Roy Lynch and I recorded the following birds in the park this morning: Little Grebe, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Skylark, Stonechat, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Magpie.
Mark Jones 12 February 2007
I've lived near the Lower Pond since 1990 and I'm very relieved this work is being done to preserve and improve this beautiful area. I'll be using the path weekly. Are there any plans for a shelter to protect walkers from a sudden downpour ?
David Williams 03 February 2007
Excellent website;Good to see a wildlife habitat in Beaufort protected from the 'Builders'.
And yes,Rob-to some of us,it always will be the 'Blackie' or Black pond.
Rob Smith 20 November 2006
It's great to see the work that the Society is doing to preserve this beautiful area.
One query: hasn't the "Upper Boat Pond" always been called the Black Pond?
Another: who remembers Parfitt's pond?
David Roberts 19 November 2006
Congratulations on rescuing this local 'landmark' from the clutches of the evil ones (aka mr Moffett and Corus) - glad it hasn't gone the same way as (for example) The RTB's club and the surrounding area.-- WELL DONE --
Shadan Wasim 18 November 2006
I'm incredibly happy that something is finally being done to preserve the beautiful woodlands that this part of the country has.
Ceri Emanuel 28 October 2006
I'm amazed to see the transformation of the area in which I was brought up.
Keep up the good work!
Bioeddie 17 October 2006
Hi, this is a nice looking site. just a pity others can't keep the beauty of Ebbw vale alive.