‘The streams of our childhood have all dried up.’

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Mr and Mrs Jones tell of the walking they do and observe how childhood streams around their house have disappeared in a stark way. They remember, as children, heavy snowfalls feeding the reservoir. The snow days are now fewer.

Mrs Jones: We were out walking on Sunday, weren’t we, and our childhood, we always remember the heavy snows and that used to give us a lot of the water then because we had lots of water coming off the mountains. Years ago, all the little streams that used to run down the side of the Lakes those have dried up. Cwmtillery itself as well. When you go out that way, the bridge near the school, where all the water came down off the mountain there, that was quite a deep stream then. Nothing now; there’s nothing, and they haven’t channeled it anywhere and Tadpole Pond, where we had wildlife and tadpoles – they didn’t build it or anything – it was just course of nature, wasn’t it, and all that’s gone. It’s all dried up and I don’t know if people really realize how much it has dried up. That’s what we noticed. I mean from our childhood, how the streams have all dried up because we haven’t had any snow, really. I think about five years ago we had a snow fall but it was nothing. I mean, we had months of it when we were younger.

Mr Jones: With a reservoir, snow is the best thing to fill it up because the snow pitches on the mountains, and of course, when it melts it all runs into the streams, which go into the reservoir. So that’s a good way of filling up the reservoirs.

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