Keep Wales Tidy awards 102 Welsh sites Green Flag status

Bute Park Image copyright Ruth Sharville
Image caption Cardiff's Bute Park achieved Green Heritage site accreditation

The number of parks awarded Green Flag status has risen by five in the last 12 months.

Keep Wales Tidy granted the prestigious accolade to 65 sites, up from 60 last year.

The flags are awarded by the group and represent the national standard for parks and green spaces in Wales and England.

However, the number of community-run spaces given the nod fell from 56 in 2013 to 37 this year.

A total of 103 venues were awarded, including Cardiff and Conwy which have 10 flags each.

The capital's Bute Park and the Great Orme Country Park achieved Green Heritage site accreditation recognising the quality of the management of a site with historic importance.

Image caption Happy Valley park in Llandudno, which has been awarded Green Flag status by Keep Wales Tidy
Image copyright Robert Davies
Image caption Margam Park, home to Margam Castle, was among those to be awarded a flag
Image copyright Eirian Evans
Image caption The River Alyn runs through Loggerheads Country Park in Denbighshire
Image copyright Jeremy Bolwell
Image caption Parc Natur Penglais near Aberystwyth boasts walking trails

Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot, Parc Natur Penglais, near Aberystwyth, and Loggerheads Country Park, Denbighshire, were also praised.

Natural Resources Minister John Griffiths said: "I am delighted to see so many green spaces achieving the standards of the Green Flag award."

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