FLAGS will be flying at 10 sites across Conwy County in recognition of their excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.

The prestigious Green Flag has been awarded to Llandudno’s Haulfre Gardens for the first time, along with repeat awards for the Great Orme Country Park and Happy Valley, Queens Gardens in Colwyn Bay, Cae Derw Park in Llandudno Junction, Pentre Mawr Park in Abergele, Wynn Gardens in Old Colwyn, and the Llanrhos Lawn Cemetery, Bryn Eyryn Allotments and Bodlondeb.

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Llandudno’s Haulfre Gardens. Picture: Friends of Happy Valley and Haulfre Gardens.

Cllr Greg Robbins, cabinet member for Environment and Transportation said: “Our parks and green spaces have been more important than ever this year, providing beautiful places for residents to exercise and enjoy nature, with room to socially distance.

"We ask everyone using our open spaces to respect them and dispose of any litter responsibly.”

A total of 224 parks and green spaces across the country received the Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award – from country parks and formal gardens, to allotments, woodlands and churchyards.

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

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

Lucy Prisk, green flag coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy, said: The pandemic has shown just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities."