Newport City Council's parks and cemetery achieve prestigious Green Flag Award
Posted on Monday 16th July 2018
Beechwood Park now has Green Flag status
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
A record-breaking 201 parks and green spaces, including universities, cemeteries, woodlands and allotments across Wales have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.
Flags will be flying for the first time ever at Beechwood Park and again at Belle Vue Park which has been awarded a Green Flag accolade for the 11th year running in recognition of both their excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.
Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Deb Harvey, said she was delighted at the fantastic news which sees Beechwood Park awarded a Green Flag for the first time.
“The Green Flag for Beechwood Park is a great achievement for the city and is a tribute to all the hard work of our grounds staff who ensure the park can be enjoyed by residents on a daily basis.
“I am also pleased that Belle Vue Park has again been awarded a Green Flag for the 11th year running, this is a magnificent achievement and I’d like to thank our staff and the Friends of Newport’s Ornamental Parks for their support.
“We really appreciate their commitment, and that of the staff, which means Belle Vue is rewarded once again with this accolade. It is very well deserved.”
The council is also celebrating the news that Gwent Crematorium has been awarded a Green Flag for the third year running.
Cabinet member for Streetscene, Councillor Roger Jeavons added his praise to the grounds staff who work tirelessly all year round to make the surrounds of the crematorium a beautiful and tranquil area.
“Congratulations to everyone at Gwent Crematorium for this Green Flag award which is richly deserved and celebrates how hard staff work to keep the grounds so well maintained as I am sure they provide a source of comfort for people at a difficult time,” said Cllr Jeavons.
The Green Flag 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 horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales. The 201 flags flying are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers across the country who work tirelessly to maintain Green Flag Award standards.
“I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the incredible parks and green spaces we have on our doorstep.”
A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag