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.”