Coveted Green Flag award for Parc Padarn
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 201 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: “We’re delighted that Parc Padarn has once again secured green flag recognition. This prestigous award shows that the park is a quality destination that we can all enjoy.”
The Green Flag Award programme 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: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales. The 201 flags flying are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers across the country who work tirelessly to maintain Green Flag Award standards.
“I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the incredible parks and green spaces 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 www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru and click on ‘Leisure, Parks and Events’ on the home page.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Parc Padarn has once again secured the green flag