Park adds first time Green Flag to Blue Flag

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CAR­MARTHEN­SHIRE’S Pem­brey Coun­try Park has be­come the only place in Wales to hold a Blue Flag and a Green Flag, ow­ing to its fan­tas­tic en­vi­ron­ment and friendly wel­come.

The park has been a long-time holder of the pres­ti­gious Blue Flag for Cefn Si­dan Beach, but has for the first time been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Wales Tidy in recog­ni­tion of achiev­ing the in­ter­na­tional mark of a qual­ity park.

More than 220 parks and green spa­ces have met the high stan­dards needed to re­ceive the cov­eted award on sites as di­verse as ur­ban parks, hous­ing es­tates, univer­sity cam­puses and farms.

While Pem­brey Coun­try Park has won the full award, three other Car­marthen­shire at­trac­tions have won com­mu­nity awards – Pon­ty­berem Park, Troserch Wood­land and the Na­tional Wool Mu­seum Dye Gar­den.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Hughes Grif­fiths, ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for cul­ture, sport and tourism, helped raise the flag at Pem­brey Coun­try Park last week.

“This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for Pem­brey Coun­try Park, and we are proud to be the only place in Wales to hold both the Green and Blue Flags – a sign of the qual­ity at­trac­tion we have here in Car­marthen­shire,” he said.

“We are lucky to have this beau­ti­ful space on our doorstep, which is en­joyed by thou­sands of lo­cal fam­i­lies as well as tourists who flock to the park to en­joy its stun­ning scenery and at­trac­tions.”

To re­ceive the award, , the park has to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in key ar­eas, in­clud­ing be­ing wel­come, healthy, safe and se­cure; be­ing well main­tained and clean, with well-man­aged en­vi­ron­ment and bio­di­ver­sity; in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity in main­tain­ing the land­scape and her­itage of the park; as well as man­age­ment, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The Green Flag Award pro­gramme is de­liv­ered in Wales by en­vi­ron­men­tal

PRES­BY­TE­RIAN: Capel Newydd

Bethel, Cefn­caeau 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.

Les­ley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We’re de­lighted to be cel­e­brat­ing this year’s Green Flag Awards

Com­mu­nity of Christ (Trostre Road) at Pem­brey Coun­try Park. It’s par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as this is the only site to hold both a Blue Flag and Green Flag this year – a huge achieve­ment for the team of staff and vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly to main­tain the high stan­dards de­manded by these two awards.

“You have amaz­ing sites on your doorstep. Make the most of the sum­mer and ex­plore your lo­cal award-win­ning parks and green spa­ces.”

Pem­brey Coun­try Park has be­come the only place in Wales to hold both a Blue Flag and a Green Flag.

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