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Record number of Green Flags awarded to Cardiff parks

Parks and open spaces in Cardiff have been awarded more prestigious Green Flags than anywhere else in Wales.

Cardiff Council retained Green Flag status at nine locations and secured an additional flag for Flat Holm Island for the first time. Credit: Keep Wales Tidy

The flags are presented every year by the charity Keep Wales Tidy in recognition of well-kept public areas, with the Welsh capital awarded a record ten green flags at this years' presentation.

Flags were awarded to Bute Park, Cardiff Bay Barrage, Cathays Cemetery, Flat Holm Island, Grange Gardens, Parc Cefn Onn, Roath Park, Rumney Hill Gardens, Thornhill Cemetery and Victoria Park.

Cardiff Council's ten Green Flags 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 we have so many fantastic facilities available on our doorstep.

– Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator, Keep Wales Tidy

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Drones used to map churchyards

St Nicholas' Church in the Vale of Glamorgan is one site. Credit: The Church in Wales

Churches are turning to modern technology to help manage their centuries-old churchyards.

For hundreds of years, the maintenance of burial records has been confined to written registers and books, together with hand drawn maps and plans – but that’s about to change.

In a pilot project for Llandaff Diocese, four parishes are trying out aerial drones, as part of a new mapping system, so people can find graves more easily.

Images taken by the drones will be combined with photographs of headstones and scans of handwritten records.

The main aim of the system is to make churchyards more easily manageable for parishes but it will also provide a vehicle for historical information and allow easy access to family history.

The use of drones in the survey has the added benefit of enabling us to check the condition of our church buildings without having to erect scaffolding.

– Sarah Perons, Care of Churches Advisor

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Free entry to Cadw sites to celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 campaign

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The Welsh Government is opening the doors, free of charge, to all of its directly-managed Cadw sites on Sunday 26 June to mark Wales’ historic achievement at reaching the Final 16 in the European 2016 Football Championship.

We entered this competition with a real feeling that qualification was just the start for this group of players and we were right.

From fan behaviour to Wales’ performance on the pitch, this tournament has captured the hearts and minds of this country and really helped to showcase to the rest of the world what Wales is truly capable of.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructur Secretary
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