Vale of Glamorgan Council again excels in Green Flag Awards
THE Vale of Glamorgan Council has once again punched above its weight in the Green Flag awards, emerging as one of the best performing counties in Wales.
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Judging body Keep Wales Tidy has given seven sites maintained by the local authority Green Flag status, the mark of a top-quality outdoor space.
Green flag awards 2017
Romilly 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.
These 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.
“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.”
- Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy
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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.
“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.”
- Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council
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.
“We’re all really proud to have so many Green-Flag parks. I used to play in Romilly Park as a child, so to be part of how it’s changed for the better is really satisfying. Everybody coming through says what a lovely park it is.
It can be very hard work, but you just get on with it and think about doing it for the people of Barry and the Vale. We all take a huge amount of personal pride in the parks. When we notice things that need improving, we want to get the work done.
We want to keep on going as far as Green Flags are concerned. We’d like to get more in the future so we’ll see what happens.”
- Neil Gibbon, Lead Gardner