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

In total, 183 parks and green spaces in Wales have met the high standard needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award.

The Flag will be flying at Bryngarw Country Park, Brynmenyn in recognition of its excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs Bryngarw said:

“It is a fantastic achievement for Bryngarw to retain its Green Flag for a second consecutive year. The award highlights that the people of Bridgend and beyond benefit from a beautiful green space with natural features and great facilities for everyone to enjoy. At Awen, we are committed to making people’s lives better by providing the very best in cultural activities and opportunities. Winning a second award in our second year of operation is testament to all those who support the Park and help make it a great place to visit.”

The Green Flag Award scheme 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:

“The Green Flag Award is all about connecting people with the very best parks and green spaces. Keep Wales Tidy is proud to run the scheme in Wales because we know having a good quality environment can have a big impact on our communities, health and well-being, and economy.

“I’d like to congratulate Bryngarw Country Park and thank everyone who works tirelessly to maintain the standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors and explore the diverse range of fantastic facilities we have on our doorstep.”