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Record breaking number of parks and green spaces in Wales achieve Green Flag Award status

Margam Park has achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation. Credit: Flickr: Ian Hatch

More than 200 parks and green spaces across Wales have achieved Green Flag Award status - the international mark of a quality park or green space.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered by the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

The award winners are judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Cherry blossoms captured at Aberdare Park. Credit: Flickr: Wayne Withers

This year's award winners include universities, cemeteries, woodland and allotments across Wales.

Among this year's recipients of the Green Flag Award are, for the first time, Aberdare Park, Wrexham Cemetery and Swansea University's Bay Campus.

Glanrhyd Hospital in Bridgend also becomes the first hospital in Wales to achieve Green Flag status.

Parks and green spaces play an important role in our communities, so it's encouraging to see such a diverse range of sites in Wales receiving Green Flag Awards.

Our parks and green spaces are a haven for wildlife and are vital to our own health and wellbeing.

I'd like to congratulate all of the sites for providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for people in Wales.

– Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment
Glanrhyd Hospital Chapel in the springtime. Credit: Flickr: John Finch

Six sites also achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation from the charity, including Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot, Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff and Greenfield Heritage in Flintshire.

The special award, endorsed by Cadw, recognises sites that are both historically significant and meet Green Flag criteria.

We're delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales.

The 201 flags flying are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers across the country who work tirelessly to maintain Green Flag Award standards.

I'd encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the incredible parks and green spaces we have on our doorstep.

– Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy

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