Public picks Margam as one of the UK’s ten favourite parks in People’s Choice Awards
Staff and volunteers at Margam Country Park are celebrating after it was voted as one of the ten favourite parks in the UK.
More than 73,000 people voted in this year’s People’s Choice poll – showing just how much communities up and down the country value their parks and green spaces.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Rob Jones said:
“This is excellent news for Margam Park and indeed the whole county borough. Having a park in the top ten of the People’s Choice Poll helps raise our profile as a great place to visit and is something we can all be proud of.
“More than 1,700 UK parks and green spaces flying a Green Flag Award were eligible to enter, so I would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the park for all their efforts to maintain the castle grounds and the estate and help set it apart from the competition.”
The People’s Choice competition is organised by the Green Flag Award scheme which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the UK and beyond.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Green Flag Awards, delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy with support from Welsh Government.
Margam Park has met the high standards to achieve the Green Flag Award for the past five years and is one of Wales’ premier parks. It boasts the magnificent Margam Castle and Orangery, ornamental gardens and a deer park, set in 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside.
Mike Wynne, Manager of Margam added:
"I am delighted that Margam Country Park has once again been voted one of the UK's 10 favourite parks in the People's Choice Award. Thank you to everybody who voted for us. It's a great achievement for the park staff and volunteers and the Friends of Margam Park, all of whom work hard to make Margam a great place to visit."
International Green Flag Award Manager, Paul Todd said:
“Following the success of this summer’s #LoveParks Week, the record number of votes for the People’s Choice Awards – more than double the number received last year – shows how much their favourite green spaces mean to people.
“Massive congratulations to our 10 hugely deserving winners, and all the staff, volunteers and supporters who work so hard to maintain these well-loved green spaces to such a high standard.
“And thank you to the tens of thousands who took the time to vote. Parks matter and this is further support in our campaign to protect and improve the nation’s wonderful green spaces for future generations.”
Come along and join us on this exciting new guided walk! Starting on the 28th October we will be using one of the Education rooms to help you through the many features of a modern digital camera, before we head out into the Park to look and photograph some of the most unique gardens and architecture in South Wales. This is a FREE* activity suited for absolute beginners. Just bring your camera along and enjoy learning more with like minded people. More information can be found below. *Parking charges apply.
Take a look at what's coming up this October Half Term! We will be holding our free Children's Halloween Activities and Children's Guy Fawkes Activities in the Castle on the 31st October and 3rd November.
We will also be giving spooky Halloween tours of the Castle, Capel Mair, Twyn yr Hydd and our popular Wildlife Walk throughout the week. Check out our events page for the latest news!
Yet more great reviews from our wonderful visitors. Why not leave your review. You can use the contact us box here or review us on our Facebook page!
This week a gentleman called Chris contacted us via our website in the hope of organizing a guided walk. Having previously joined us on a 4mile walk he brought along members of St Peters Church in Hampshire who have been walking the Brecon Beacons over the weekend.With an interest in a guided tour of the Iron Age Hillfort, one of our expert walk leaders took the group this morning to the fort, which is an area of about seven acres enclosed by a massive bank, which would have been topped by a wooden fence, a ditch and another smaller bank is established on Mynydd-y-castell. The hillfort was occupied by the Silures, an Iron Age tribe, who fought with the Romans from 48AD until 70AD
If you'd like to join us on a guided tour of the Iron Age Hill Fort then check out our events page or take a look on our dedicated walking page here. Tours leave our courtyard room every Sunday at 13:00.Everyones welcome and there's no need to book.
Thank you to our wonderful tour guides who took two groups on a fascinating tour of the Castle today. We had a group of 29 join us all the way from Carmarthen who thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't compliment our guides enough!
If you'd like to come along and learn more about the history at Margam, then check out our events page for all of our guided tours throughout Septemeber.
Fun Fact Friday: Started in April 1982 and completed in November, the Maze that once stood Margam Country Park covered an acre of land.
Thought to be the largest and most complicated in the world. Over 500 tons of stone was used for the paths, 5 miles of wire for fencing, 1 cwt of staples, 1 mile of string to support the trees and 1500 wooden pegs to secure them to the ground was used in the construction.
Altogether there were 3250 trees in the maze, 3000 cypressocyparis castlewellan (Gold) and 250 cypressocyparis leylandii (Dark Green)
Who remembers the maze?
Today we were joined by 19 members of the Great Photography Walk NPT group, who enjoyed a 2 mile Wildlife Walk around the Park. Split into two smaller group with trained walk leaders, we saw Fallow, Red and Pere David deer along the route. We also saw a magnificent Buzzard overhead before heading back to the courtyard for well earned refreshments. Thank you to Mark for organizing a great photography event. We're already looking forward to the next event in the winter.
We were incredibly proud to be able to represent ourselves with members of staff at Margam Country Park in celebrating our Green Flag award this year. Since the 23rd June this year, we have collected 63 black bags of litter and put in 90 hours of volunteer time to the cause. Well done to our dedicated members! #greenflag #keepwalestidy
Dates have been announced for this popular walk. Please click here for details.