Vale of Glamorgan Council holds ceremony to celebrate green Flag park success
09 August 2017
THE Vale of Glamorgan Council celebrated recent Green Flag success with an awards ceremony at Barry Island this week.
Last month it was revealed that the authority had once again punched above its weight to emerge as one of the best performing counties in Wales in the annual Green Flag Awards.
Judging body Keep Wales Tidy gave seven sites maintained by the Vale Council Green Flag status, the mark of a top-quality outdoor space.
Green1Romilly Park, Central Park, Victoria Park, The Knap Gardens, Barry Island Promenade and Gardens, Belle Vue Park and Alexandra Park/Windsor Gardens all gained the accolade, along with The Kymin in Penarth and Barry’s Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery, while nine community sites also received Green Flags.
They included include Barry Community Garden, Birchgrove Wodlands, Cowbridge Physic Garden, Cwmtalwg Local Nature Reserve, the Elizabethan Orchard, Old Hall Gardens, Upper Orchard Field, Wenvoe, Wenvoe Community Orchard and the Welsh Orchard in Wenvoe.
The volunteers that maintain those sites were rewarded with certificates, while County Council workers that help look after parks also received recognition.
Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Janice Charles congratulated those involved, alongside Vale Council Director of Environment & Housing Services Miles Punter, Barry Town Council Mayor Nic Hodges and Penarth Town Council Mayor Ken Lloyd.
With only Cardiff boasting more Green-Flag sites and city authority Swansea coming third, the considerably smaller Vale significantly overperformed to rank second out of 22 Welsh counties.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Vale has once again excelled to gain so many Green-Flag parks. Given our resources compared to other authorities, this is a truly remarkable achievement and testament to the hard work put in by our parks staff. It is their commitment that keeps our green spaces looking fantastic all year around.
“Congratulations also to the volunteer and community groups who have been recognised for their on-going hard work.
“The standard required to achieve Green Flag status is extremely high and a great deal of effort is put in behind the scenes to ensure residents have so many fantastic outdoor areas to enjoy in the Vale.”
Judging for the awards takes place in April and May and the winners are announced in July. Parks must apply each year to keep their award, and winning sites are eligible to fly a Green Flag for 12 months.
Parks are judged on eight criteria, including cleanliness, safety, standard of maintenance, community involvement, sustainability, management, conservation and heritage.
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy, said: “We’re delighted to see that the number of award-winning green spaces in the Vale of Glamorgan has continued to increase. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. It is thanks to them that residents and visitors to the Vale have access to so many fantastic facilities.”