Ponds & Woodlands
A Local Nature Reserve &
Community Green Flag Award Winner
Awarded for seven consecutive years
JULY 2012 -PATHWAY CLEARED FROM HIGHLANDS ROAD ENTRANCE TO BLAEN CENDL
For many years there has been an informal path from the entrance at Highlands Road running behind the houses down to Blaen Cendl. The pathway was overgrown with protruding tree branches and the grass quite loing, makin it difficult for walkers.
John Hillier decided to do something about this, and has single-handedly cut back some of the branches and strimmed, the grass over a length of approximately 200 yards, making the walk much easier, as shown in the photographs below.
AUGUST 2012 - FIRST SLEEPER BRIDGE INSTALLED.
John Hillier and Roy Lynch, under the supervision of John's daughter Menna, installed the first sleeper bridge over the pathway, near the Highlands Road Entrance.
AUGUST 2012 - SECOND SLEEPER BRIDGE INSTALLED.
John and Roy were back out on site and installed a second sleeper bridge over a ditch further into the Woodlands.
OCTOBER 2012 - TWO MORE SLEEPER BRIDGES ARE INSTALLED.
A third and fourth bridges were installed over a ditch further into the woodlands, and also at the north side of the Upper Boat Pond.
Coppiced trimmings were shredded to provide a mulch, and spread over the new pathways - see photographs below.
APRIL/MAY 2013 - INSTALLATION OF MORE SLEEPER BRIDGES.
In April, Afan Landscapes installed a fifth bridge at the north end of the Upper Boat Pond, a sixth bridge was installed across a culvert on the path leading up from Blaen Cendl, this work was carried out by John Hillier, Roy Lynch and his son David
In May, John and Roy installed a seventh bridge deep in the Woodlands.
OCTOBER 2013- INSTALLATION OF SLEEPER BRIDGE No: 8.
The final bridge (for now) was installed overlooking Garnlydan.
INSTALLATION OF SLEEPER BRIDGES OVER CULVERTS AND DITCHES ACROSS DITCHES AND CULVERTS TO IMPROVE ACCESS.
APRIL 2013 - TIDYING UP AT HIGHLANDS ROAD ENTRANCE.
Report and photos by John Hillier taken from the Woodlands Facebook page.
"I've spent a few hours this afternoon making the Highlands Road entrance a little more respectable after some irresponsible users of the park... Re-planted around 100 trees from the Woodland Trust, most were pulled out or snapped! Trimmed the grass verges and cleaned up around 200 metres of dog mess! I was so glad they were still frozen, to all dog owners... If you can't be bothered to pick it up, then at least flick it!"
APRIL & MAY 2013 - TWO PICNIC TABLES INSTALLED.
Two picnic tables have recently been installed, the first has been located on the bank between the two pnds, and the second table,( Funded by Environment Wales) on the bank on the north side of the Upper Boat Pond.