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Award-winning green spaces revealed

22 July 2017

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space – and there are six Bridgend County Borough sites that have scooped accolades.

Maesteg Welfare Park, Bryngarw Country Park, Wilderness Lakes in Porthcawl, and Coychurch Crematorium have all received the Green Flag Award once again, while Caerau Market Garden and the Wilderness Allotment Association both picked up the Green Flag Community Award.

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.

Councillor Richard Young, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many of our parks and green spaces have retained their prestigious Green Flag Awards this year, with Coychurch Crematorium winning the award for an eighth successive year.

“The grounds and gardens at the crematorium provide an extremely tranquil and comforting environment for mourners, and their award is very well deserved.

“I’d like to extend my gratitude, and that of the local community, to the council workers, volunteer groups and individuals who work tirelessly to maintain these sites to the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. These accolades provide a fitting tribute to their on-going efforts.”

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs Bryngarw Country Park in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Bryngarw to retain its Green Flag for a second consecutive year. The award highlights that the people of Bridgend and beyond benefit from a beautiful green space with natural features and great facilities for everyone to enjoy.

“At Awen, we are committed to making people’s lives better by providing the very best in cultural activities and opportunities. Winning a second award in our second year of operation is testament to all those who support the park and help make it a great place to visit.”

In all, there were 183 parks and green spaces across Wales that have met the high standard needed to receive a coveted Green Flag Award.

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 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 at www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag

Last Updated: 24/07/2017
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