Green Flag flying at Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery.
A record number of parks and green spaces across Wales have reached the high standards required to fly the coveted Green Flag.
Environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy today revealed the 280 sites that have received the internationally renowned Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.
The flag will be flying at Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery in recognition of its environmental efforts, excellent visitor facilities, and community involvement.
Opened in 1889 by the then Barry & Urban District Council, Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery was created to address a severe shortage of burial space in the rapidly expanding town. The first burial came on the 24th October 1889 when William Marra, an 18 year old sailor was laid to rest. He had arrived aboard the S.S Doris, berthed at Barry Dock.
Now in its third decade, the Green Flag Award recognises well-managed parks and green spaces in 20 countries around the world.
In Wales, the awards scheme is run by Keep Wales Tidy. Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator for Keep Wales Tidy said:
“Free access to safe, high quality green space has never been more important. Our award-winning sites play a vital role in people’s mental and physical well-being, providing a haven for communities to come together, relax and enjoy nature.
“News that 280 parks and green spaces in Wales have achieved Green Flag Awards is testament to the hard work of hundreds of staff and volunteers. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate their success on the world stage.”
A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru