Padarn Country Park retains coveted Green Flag award
Padarn Country Park in Llanberis has secured the Green Flag award again this year – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
The country park, which is run by Gwynedd Council is amongst 183 parks and green spaces in Wales that have met the high standard needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award.
Situated in 800-acres in Llanberis, Parc Padarn welcomes Gwynedd residents and tourists to enjoy spectacular scenery across Llyn Padarn towards Dolbadarn Castle on to the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia.
The park is home to a wide-range of attractions which include Ysbyty’r Chwarel - a historic museum that reflects hospital life in the 19th century, Padarn Lake railway, a ropes and adventure course for children and adults, the Padarn water sports centre as well as the National Slate Museum which is also situated nearby.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “It’s fantastic to see that the park has secured green flag recognition again this year. This national award shows that Parc Padarn is a quality destination that we can all enjoy.
“Securing this status which is set independently is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the park’s staff. It certainly underlines the fact that Parc Padarn offers a warm welcome and is a well-managed park that benefits the local community.”
The Green Flag Award scheme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.
Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy added: “The Green Flag Award is all about connecting people with the very best parks and green spaces. Keep Wales Tidy is proud to run the scheme in Wales because we know having a good quality environment can have a big impact on our communities, health and well-being, and economy.
“I’d like to congratulate Padarn Country Park and thank everyone who works tirelessly to maintain the standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors and explore the diverse range of fantastic facilities we have on our doorstep.”
Padarn Country Park is open daily throughout the year. For more information about it or other parks that are run by Gwynedd Council, visit the website http://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymruand click on ‘Leisure, Parks and Events’ on the home page.