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Rhondda Cynon Taf has some of the finest parks in Wales – it’s official! 

Taff’s Well Park is the latest in the County Borough to once again be awarded Green Flag status. The Council’s Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare; Aberdare Park; and Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, have also retained their existing Green Flag status. 

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A total of 94 parks and green spaces in Wales have achieved the full Green Flag Award and now proudly fly the flag at their sites. A further 127 parks and green spaces in Wales have also received the Green Flag Community Award. 

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “The Green Flag is the international mark of a quality park or green space and we are once again proud to be flying the Green Flag at four of our parks in our County Borough. 

“I am delighted to see that Taff’s Well Park is the latest of RCT’s parks to be awarded this prestigious status, and it is a just reward for the amount of work that has been put in to achieve this. 

“We certainly have a wealth of natural treasures here in Rhondda Cynon Taf that make the perfect venue for a weekend of exploration - from the beautiful open air at the Dare Valley Country Park, to the stunning Ynysangharad War Memorial Park - which is, of course, home to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty. 

“In this financial year, the Council is allocating unprecedented levels of investment in our parks and green spaces, to enhance a number of our local outdoor venues for the benefit of communities and visitors alike.” 

Wales now has more than one-third of the UK’s community Green Flag sites.

Wales’ Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, said: “Parks and green spaces play an important role in our communities, so it’s encouraging to see such a diverse range of sites in Wales receiving Green Flag Awards.

“Our parks and green spaces are a haven for wildlife and are vital to our own health and wellbeing. I’d like to congratulate all of the sites for providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for people in Wales.”

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 Co-ordinator at Keep Wales Tidy, said: “The Green Flag Awards continues to go from strength-to-strength in Wales, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers across the country.

“We cannot 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.”

Posted on Monday 29th July 2019

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