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Bryngarw Country Park achieves prestigious Green Flag Award

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners - the international mark of a quality park or green space.

A record-breaking 201 parks and green spaces, including universities, cemetries, woodlands and allotments across Wales have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.

The flag will be flying high at Bryngarw Country Park, for the third consecutive year, in recognition of its excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

Within the past year, Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which manages Bryngarw in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, has invested over £50,000 into the Country Park for the benefit of its 200,000 plus visitors each year.

This includes repairing the much-loved big slide, installing new children’s play equipment, adding new signage, developing new maps and leaflets, improving disability access and facilities, improving the pathways and carrying out revetment work around the duck pond.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said:

“We are particularly pleased that this year’s investments at Bryngarw, together with the grant funding that our excellent Volunteer Group received through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, are helping to improve accessibility within the Park for all visitors. We have seen a lot in the media about how important parks and green spaces are for the local economy, as well the health and wellbeing of the population. So with continued support from our colleagues at Bridgend County Borough Council, we look forward to further developing Bryngarw as a quality destination for play and discovery in the natural environment.”

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. It is 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.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:

“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.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag

You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru for more information.