Garibaldi Woods - Spa Ponds - Gara Ponds
These photographs taken by Karen Buckley on 22 March 1986 are of Spa Ponds, in the Newlands area of Forest Town. They are better known to some people as ‘Gara Ponds’ in Garibaldi Woods, and will no doubt stir memories of where, as youngsters they used to catch minnows and tadpoles.
There are still fish, tadpoles and other wild life to be discovered at the ponds and it is an enjoyable place to visit.
Today the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and Forest Town Nature Conservation Group take a keen interest in managing the ponds and surrounding woodland, as can be seen on the pages of Spa Pond Walk (under Nature).
Interest is growing in discovering more of the early history of these ponds which are said to be early mineral springs and Mercian Archaeological Services are a groups taking a keen interest in this.
References dating back to 1747 are mentioned in the book ’A Celebration of Kings Clipstone’ – Chapter ‘Early Agriculture Park and Pele by Joy Shawe Browne.
Be it 1747 or present day, what are your memories or knowledge of Spa (Gara) Ponds?