Green Flags will again fly high at city's parks and crematorium

Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space – and Newport  City Council is delighted to again receive this accolade for three sites. 

Flags will again be flying at Belle Vue Park, Beechwood Park and Gwent Crematorium in recognition of their excellent floral displays, facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

And the council is also delighted that Belle Vue Park has retained its Heritage Award status as well as the Green Flag accolade.

The three venues are among 221 parks and green spaces across Wales which have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award. They include a diverse range of sites, from urban parks and housing estates, to university campuses and farms.

Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Deb Harvey, said the awards are a recognition of all the hard work  of the green services team.

“Winning the prestigious Green Flag awards is fantastic news and once again a testament to the constant hard work and dedication of our green team staff who ensure our parks are great places to visit and enjoy.

“And the grounds of the crematorium provide a haven of peace and tranquillity for mourners at such a sad time,” said Cllr Harvey.

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 biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “The Green Flag Award programme continues to go from strength to strength in Wales, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers across the country.

“We can’t underestimate how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy.

“We want to encourage everyone to explore their local area and make the most of the award-winning sites on their doorstep.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website

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