Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
A record-breaking 201 parks and green spaces, including universities, cemeteries, woodlands and allotments across Wales have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.
Wrexham has gained the green flag award for Wrexham Cemetery. This is the first year the award has gone to the cemetery and marks the hard work the team have undertaken with Heritage Lottery Funding to transform the cemetery facilities and encourage the community to become involved in the site.
The green flags will be flying at Wrexham Cemetery, Acton Park, Alun Waters Country Park, Bellevue Park, Ponciau Banks Park and Tŷ Mawr Country Park in recognition of their excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.
“It’s an excellent commendation”
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I welcome the news that Wrexham once again has green flag status and would like to thank everybody involved in ensuring that our parks remain attractive for the public to visit.
“Congratulations to all those sites taking the Green Flag Community Award as well – it’s an excellent commendation.
“I am particularly pleased that Wrexham Cemetery has gained its first Green Flag Award, a real achievement by the staff and Friends Group for the cemetery.”
Keep Wales Tidy
The Green Flag Award programme 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.
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales. The 201 flags flying are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers across the country who work tirelessly to maintain Green Flag Award standards.
“I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the incredible parks and green spaces we have on our doorstep.”
Community Green Flag Awards
The other sites in the county borough, which took the coveted Community Green Flag Award, which awards public spaces maintained by organisations such as churches, schools, community groups and others, are:
- Plas Pentwyn, Coedpoeth
- Maes y Pant, Marford Quarry
- St Mary’s Churchyard, Chirk
A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website
You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information.
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