Green Flags raised again in two Newport parks

Posted on Tuesday 26th July 2022

Two of Newport’s biggest parks are celebrating once again after retaining their Green Flag status for 2022/23.

Beechwood Park and Belle Vue Park have been recognised by Keep Wales Tidy for their excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

This will be the sixteenth consecutive year that Belle Vue has been awarded Green Flag status, while Beechwood is celebrating its fifth consecutive award.

Belle Vue has also retained its Green Heritage status for a fifth-year running.

A third council managed site, Gwent Crematorium, has also retained its Green Flag status for the sixth year in a row.

The Green Flag awards are a UK-wide scheme which recognise and reward well-managed parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag award programme is delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government.

Independent green space experts volunteered their time to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

Councillor Yvonne Forsey, cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity, said: “I’m delighted that our three sites have retained their Green Flag status.

“Once again these awards are a recognition of our officers’ hard work and dedication in managing our green spaces, and making them as welcoming and environmentally friendly as possible.

“We recognise the value to residents of high-quality outdoor spaces, places they can connect with nature and their local community. That’s why we have committed an extra £2.5m from this year’s budget to improve our parks and green spaces, as well as £300,000 over the next two years for maintenance of play areas and equipment."

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