Memorial Park, Pontllanfraith

What's there?

The Memorial Park meadows consists of four hay meadows and a large pond. The area is managed to maintain the diversity of wildflowers, which include Lady's Mantle, Bistort and Greater Burnet. Flocks of small birds feed in the meadows all year round; Chaffinch, Goldcrest, and Long Tailed Tits are common here. Brambling, Redwing and Fieldfare visit the meadows in the winter.

The pond is an important breeding site for frogs, toads and newts. Watch out for the summertime aerial displays put on by the dragonflies. See if you can spot the resident terrapin, an unwelcome guest acquired some years ago!

Why it's special

The meadows were once part of Penllwyn Farm. Its remnants, including the laid hedges, wildflower and wet meadows, now form an important wildlife habitat close to a large urban area. The meadows are a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its wide range of hay meadow plants.

How to get there:

Grid Reference: ST 177963.
The Memorial Park Meadows are situated in the Sir Harold Finch Memorial Park, Civic Centre, Pontllanfraith.

By bus: Service Nos. 5, 5a, 6, 7, 9, 11, 21, 26, 52, 56, 151, x17, and RL5 all serve Pontllanfraith.

By car: The park is adjacent to the located just off the A4049 (Blackwood Rd) in Pontllanfraith.


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