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Five Years of Flying the Green Flag at Bryngarw Country Park

Bryngarw Country Park has retained its Green Flag status for the fifth consecutive year. The Discovery Gateway site in Brynmenyn has also won the Green Heritage Award for the second year running.

The prestigious Green Flag is an international mark of quality for parks and green spaces, in the same way that Blue Flags denote clean and safe beaches.

They are given in recognition of a park’s excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and commitment to delivering high quality green space for the local community to enjoy.

Green Heritage Awards are given to green spaces that understand, identify, manage and promote the elements of their history and heritage that make that site unique.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which Bryngarw Country Park on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council, said:

“This year, more than ever, we have seen the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits that being outdoors, enjoying a walk, taking in some fresh air and connecting with nature, can bring us.

“We are grateful to everyone involved in making Bryngarw Country Park a safe, accessible and beautiful place for people to visit all year round.

“If you live in Bridgend county borough, there is no better time to get outside, explore and appreciate your local countryside; you will probably feel better for it too.”

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

Independent green space experts judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

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

“The pandemic has shown just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. For many of us, they have been a haven on our doorstep, benefitting our health and wellbeing.

“The 224 flags flying this year are a testament to the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards under the most challenging circumstances. I’d like to congratulate and thank them all for their outstanding commitment.”

Bryngarw Country Park was designated as one of eleven Discovery Gateway sites by Welsh Government in 2019, as part of the Valleys Regional Park initiative.

As a Discovery Gateway, Bryngarw Country Park has received funding worth £500,000 towards a broad range of projects including a new education centre and improved park infrastructure.