Green Flags will fly above Cardiff’s stunning parks and green spaces following an announcement today by Keep Wales Tidy that twelve of the city’s parks have achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Bute Park, Cardiff Bay Barrage, Cardiff Bay Wetlands, Cathays Cemetery, Flat Holm Island, Grange Gardens, Heath Park, Parc Cefn Onn, Roath Park, Rumney Hill Gardens, Thornhill Cemetery and Victoria Park have all retained the coveted international mark of quality.
Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said: “We know how much residents value Cardiff’s parks and the news that we’ve successfully achieved Green Flag status in twelve of our parks demonstrates our commitment to doing all we can to keep them great in the face of cuts to local authority budgets.
“The contribution of Friends Groups and volunteers make to the city’s parks, in partnership with our dedicated council staff, should not be underestimated and I’d like to thank them for all their time and commitment. They should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.
“There’s so much to love about Cardiff’s parks and I’d really encourage everybody to go out and make the most of them this summer.”
The announcement comes during the 13th annual Love Parks Week (12 – 21 July) organised by Keep Britain Tidy, where people across the country come together to celebrate parks and show the world that parks matter to them.
221 parks and green spaces have met the high standards needed to receive the Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.
The 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 biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy, said: “The Green Flag Award programme continues to go from strength to strength in Wales, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers across the country.
“We can’t underestimate how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy. We want to encourage everyone to explore their local area and make the most of the award-winning sites on their doorstep.”
A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru