Bryngarw was officially opened to the public as a country park in 1986, following five years of restoration work by Ogwr Borough Council, along with Manpower Services, to install footpaths, bridges, ponds, parking and formal gardens, and open up this beautiful countryside for future generations.

Over the past 30 years, Bridgend County Borough Council has continued to develop the park. During that time Bryngarw has played a vital role in conserving the county borough’s biodiversity and the park continues to significantly contribute to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the local community.

Now managed by Awen Cultural Trust in partnership with Bridgend County Borough, Bryngarw has demonstrated to Keep Wales Tidy that the park is meeting the very best standards in environmental and heritage conservation, and that it is well maintained, provides excellent facilities and safe access to its 200,000 visitors a year, in order to achieve Green Flag status.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Bryngarw, rightly cementing its place as one of the best country parks in the UK. Awen Cultural Trust is committed to making people’s lives better by providing the very best in cultural activities and opportunities. Bryngarw winning Green Flag status, in what is our first year of operation, is testament to all who support it and help make it such a vibrant, clean and accessible experience for all.”