[:en]183 parks and green spaces across Wales achieve Green Flag Award status
Today (Tuesday 18 July), Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
In total, 183 parks and green spaces in Wales have met the high standard needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award.
Flags are flying at a wide range of green spaces this year – from wetlands and cemeteries, to woodlands and universities.
The Green Flag Award scheme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.
Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs said:
“I am delighted to see so many green spaces achieving the standards of the Green Flag Award. The Award helps to ensure that communities have top quality green space to enjoy and experience the outdoors, which are fundamental to the wellbeing and quality of life of our communities in Wales. I congratulate all the parks and community spaces providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for everyone in Wales.”
Among this year’s recipients of the Green Flag Award are, for the first time, Aberfan Cemetery, Swansea University and The Kymin in Penarth.
Winners of the Green Flag Community Award include The Dye Garden at the National Wool Museum in Carmarthen, Cae Bryn Coed in Llanffestiniog, and Llanfyllin Wetland. These sites rely on volunteers to maintain their excellent facilities.
This year’s biggest winner is Cardiff, which has achieved a fantastic 24 awards (12 Green Flag Awards and 12 Green Flag Community Awards); including Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve – another new site for 2017/18.
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:
“The Green Flag Award is all about connecting people with the very best parks and green spaces. Keep Wales Tidy is proud to run the scheme in Wales because we know having a good quality environment can have a big impact on our communities, health and well-being, and economy.
“I’d like to congratulate our winners and thank everyone who works tirelessly to maintain the standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors and explore the diverse range of fantastic facilities we have on our doorstep.”
A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag
You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru for more information.[:]