SIX of Swansea’s main parks have been awarded Green Flag status, recognising the vital role they play in boosting residents’ wellbeing and improving the natural environment.
Clyne Gardens, Singleton Botanical Gardens, Brynmill Park, Parc Llewelyn, Cwmdonkin Park and Victoria Park have all gained the prestigious flag status.
All the parks are managed by Swansea Council and welcome thousands of visitors each year.
The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Sites are judged against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.
Swansea’s parks are some of the 265 parks and green spaces across Wales to achieve the award.
Robert Francis Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said:
“Our city is blessed with some beautiful parks which we are proud of and work hard to maintain.
“They all provide a space where families and visitors can relax, have fun and enjoy the outdoors. I’m thrilled that these locations have been recognised on a national level.”
Two more Green Flag Awards have also been given to Swansea University Singleton Campus and Penllergaer Valley Woods.
And a total of 14 ‘community awards’ have also been given to smaller community based gardens and green spaces in Swansea, including Clydach Community Garden, Polly’s Park in St Thomas and Coedbach Park.
Cllr Francis Davies added:
“It’s great to see a large number of community gardens get recognition for what they offer residents. This is largely down to community groups and volunteers, who take it upon themselves to look after these green spaces and make sure that wherever you live in Swansea, there is certain to be somewhere nearby that families can visit.”
Julie James, Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change, said:
“Our local green spaces have a vital role to play in connecting us to nature. These awards go to prove that Wales’ parks and similar areas are doing a wonderful job in providing quality places to relax and enjoy.
“The standard required to achieve Green Flag status is very high so I want to congratulate all of the sites recognised for providing excellent, year-round facilities to local people and visitors alike.”
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy, said:
“The last few years have really shown us just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities.
“With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”