Tenth anniversary of Green Flag status for Belle Vue Park
Posted on Monday 21st August 2017
Belle Vue Park
Come and join in the celebrations to mark the prestigious award presented to Belle Vue Park this month.
Keep Wales Tidy has awarded Green Flag status for the tenth year running and for the first time ever has given the park Heritage Status.
A flag raising ceremony will be taking place at the park on Thursday, 24 August at 2.35pm and a tree will be planted to mark the tenth anniversary.
Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony which will be followed by live music at the Bandstand during the afternoon.
Belle Vue Park opened in 1894 and has features typical of a Victorian public park, including conservatories, pavilion, bandstand and rockeries.
The park also contains a number of rare specimens of flowers and plants.
Visitors earlier this year will have witnessed the Himalayan Magnolias which produce huge goblet shaped pink flowers and the branches of the Judas Tree can be seen covered with clusters of rose lilac flowers.
Last month the Tulip Tree produced its distinctive orange tulip shaped flowers and autumn will bring glorious leaf colour including the clear yellow leaves of Ginko biloba and the glorious crimson leaves of the Liquidambar.
Newport City Council’s cabinet member for Culture and Leisure Councillor Deb Harvey said the city is very proud of the park and thanked the members of the Friends of Newport Ornamental Parks for the sterling work they do at both Belle Vue and Beechwood parks.
“For Belle Vue Park to achieve the Green Flag award for 10 years running is just fantastic and to be awarded Heritage Status for the first time acknowledges the hard work of everyone in the council’s green services team and the work of our many volunteers.
“Visitors to Belle Vue Park have so many things to admire especially the floral displays which are outstanding.
“I would like to thank Keep Wales Tidy for giving us these two prestigious accolades, Newport City Council is very proud to accept these honours,” said Cllr Harvey.