Flintshire County Council - Countryside Parks achieves prestigious Green Flag Award
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.
The Flags will be flying at Greenfield Valley and Wepre Park in recognition of
their excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green
Greenfield Valley and Wepre Park are both rich in history, and wildlife. They
are highly valued spaces within our local community and to receive this Award
for 2018/19 is an honor.
Wepre Park is 160 acres of green space, nestled in the heart of Connahs Quay,
Flintshire, it is a unique setting with its various habitats and geology.
Features of the park include; Old Hall Gardens, Fishing Pond, Brook and
Waterfall and Ewloe Castle for the public to discover.
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is situated in Holywell, Flintshire and
encompasses 70 acres of industrial history. Historically Greenfield Valley
employed hundreds of people in both its copper factories and cotton mills and
is now fabulous open green space. The Valley is home to a number of scheduled
ancient monuments and is a haven for wildlife. Both Wepre Park and Greenfield
Valley are quality Parks Flintshire are proud of, accessible for the community
explore and enjoy.
Gwladys Harrison, Chair of Greenfield valley Trust said;
The staff and Board of Trustees are very proud of Greenfield Valley, one of
the jewels in the crown of Flintshire and are honoured to have achieved this
award for another year. It’s is a highly valued Award and reflects the quality
of our local green spaces. We would like to encourage all of the community
this summer to get outdoors and enjoy our natural spaces.“
Cllr. Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside said;
“We are honoured to receive the Green Flag award for both Greenfield Valley and
Wepre Park. Flintshire parks are of excellent quality and a valued part of our
community. I would like to thank all volunteers and staff who work hard to
maintain these high standards and allow us to fly the ‘Green Flag’. The
diverse range of wildlife and historic features of these parks are of great
interest to residents and tourists and are a credit to Flintshire. I would
encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer, discover our local heritage and
explore our natural green spaces.”
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
You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit
the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru for more information.
Notes to editors
1. For more information please contact:– firstname.lastname@example.org
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2. For more information please contact Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator on
029 20726964 / 07469 118876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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662803 or email email@example.com
4. Keep Wales Tidy is a registered environmental charity working for the
improvement of Wales’ local environments. Visit our website for more
5. The Green Flag Award gives recognition to parks that have demonstrated the
high standards of the Green Flag Award. Emphasis is also placed on local
community involvement in the ongoing and long-term care of the award park.
6. A UK-wide partnership led by Keep Britain Tidy has been awarded the license
to run the Green Flag Award scheme until September 2017. Keep Britain Tidy will
manage the overall scheme under license from the Department for Communities and
Local Government (CLG) and will continue to manage day–to-day operations in
England, with delivery in the other nations being overseen by its sister
charities Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Keep Scotland
7.For more information about the Green Flag Award in Wales visit
8. To apply, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website
www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag or contact Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator
on 029 20726964 / 07469 118876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org