Spaces in the Bay and the county collect Green Flag Awards

October 17, 2021 - 680 views

Keep Wales Tidy has revealed this year’s Green Flag Award winners including many worthy outdoor locations in the Bay.

Ten Conwy parks and green spaces received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.

These include Queens Gardens (Colwyn Bay), Wynn Gardens (Old Colwyn), Pentre Mawr (Abergele), Bodlondeb (Conwy), Cae Derw (Llandudno Junction), Bryn Euryn (Rhos-on-Sea), Happy Valley (Llandudno), Haulfre Gardens (Llandudno), Great Orme Country Park (Llandudno) and  Llanrhos Cemetery.

Now in its third decade, the international Green Flag Award is a sign to the public that a park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Greg Robbins, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: “We are delighted to be given these prestigious awards for our important parks and green spaces.

 “I’d like to thank all the staff, Friends Groups, community groups and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this possible. We ask everyone using our open spaces to respect them and dispose of any litter responsibly.”

Julie James, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, said: “Green spaces are vital for mental and physical well-being and throughout the pandemic we have seen how important these spaces have been for local communities.

“Wales still holds more than a third of the UK’s Green Flag community sites and it is fantastic to see more places in Wales receiving Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.

“These landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, and I congratulate all of the sites for providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for people in Wales.”

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 showed us just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities.

“With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”

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

Keep Wales Tidy are always on the lookout for new places to join the Green Flag Awards. If you’d like to put your park or green space on the map, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information.