Bay's green spaces are recognised by Green Flag Awards

October 18, 2020 - 677 views

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.

Flags will be flying at ten sites across Conwy County in recognition of their excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

The prestigious Green Flag has been awarded to Llandudno’s Haulfre Gardens for the first time, along with repeat awards for the Great Orme Country Park and Happy Valley, Queens Gardens in Colwyn Bay, Cae Derw Park in Llandudno Junction, Pentre Mawr Park in Abergele, Wynn Gardens in Old Colwyn, and the Llanrhos Lawn Cemetery, Bryn Eyryn Allotments and Bodlondeb.

Cllr Greg Robbins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation said: “Our parks and green spaces have been more important than ever this year, providing beautiful places for residents to exercise and enjoy nature, with room to socially distance. We ask everyone using our open spaces to respect them and dispose of any litter responsibly.”

224 parks and green spaces across the country have received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award – from country parks and formal gardens, to allotments, woodlands and churchyards.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Independent green space experts volunteered their time in early autumn to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy, said: “The pandemic has shown just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. For many of us, they have been a haven on our doorstep, benefitting our health and well-being.

“The 224 flags flying this year are a testament to the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards under the most challenging circumstances. I’d like to congratulate and thank them all for their outstanding commitment.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website