Ponds Wood Local Nature Reserve is an ancient semi-natural woodland with stream side habitats. It is the most significant natural open space in the Gillsmans Hill and Hollington area of the borough. It provides easy access for local residents to experience a high quality natural asset in the midst of the urban environment.
One of the main features of the Local Nature Reserve is the ancient semi-natural woodland with ground flora of wood anemone, bluebell, dog's mercury and Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina). The woods are one of the few places in Hastings where barren strawberry grows in abundance.
The Hollington stream runs through the woods and displays a dense carpet of Ramsons (Allium ursinum), wild celery and ferns in the spring.
Ponds Wood is owned and managed by Hastings Borough Council.