24 parks and green spaces in the Vale of Glamorgan have received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.
The sites range from County Parks, Farms, Orchards, Nature Reserves and coastal locations.
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.
A total of ten sites managed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council have been awarded the accolade, including:
In addition Barry Town Council's Methyr Dyfan Cemetery has received a full award, whilst 13 other green spaces have been awarded Community Awards, including:
Wales still holds more than a third of the UK’s Green Flag community sites, which are maintained and run by volunteers. A variety of green spaces have achieved the Green Flag Community Award for the first time, including community orchard Llandrindod Pomarium, Mardy Park in Monmouthshire, and Llangoed Commons and Aberlleiniog Local Nature Reserve.
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn 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.