Ruth Parkin, secretary of the Friends Group of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve, Llansamlet Labour councillor Ryland Doyle and Asha Boyce, chairman of the Friends Group of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve.

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve achieves coveted Green Flag Community Award

Swansea Vale Nature Reserve in the Labour-held Llansamlet ward has been awarded a Green Flag Award by Keep Wales Tidy.

The award is the mark of a quality park or green space and SVNR is one of a record-breaking 127 community managed green spaces in Wales which have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Green Flag Community Award.

The flag will be flying at Swansea Vale Nature Reserve in recognition of its excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

And Llansamlet ward Labour councillors – Ryland Doyle, Penny Matthews, Alyson Pugh and Mo Sykes – will be paying for the flagpole out of their Community Budget.

The Friends of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve held a celebration of the award with volunteers enjoying a walk around the reserve, spotting newts and insects as they went.

Celebrations will continue at the Friends’ annual Bug Ball in October.

“We are so lucky to have this beautiful wetlands nature reserve on our doorstep, a little haven of peace and wildlife available for the whole community,” said Ruth Parkin, secretary of the Friends Group of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve.

A statement from the Llansamlet ward  Labour councillors said: “The Friends of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve have worked very hard to create and maintain this valuable asset and they thoroughly deserve this Green Flag Award.”

The Green Flag Award programme is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “The Green Flag Community Award programme continues to go from strength to strength in Wales, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers across the country.

“We can’t underestimate how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy. We want to encourage everyone to explore their local area and make the most of the award-winning sites on their doorstep.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/greenflag

CAPTION: Ruth Parkin, secretary of the Friends Group of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve, Llansamlet Labour councillor Ryland Doyle and Asha Boyce, chairman of the Friends Group of Swansea Vale Nature Reserve.

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