Award-winning green spaces revealed

Green Flag in situ at Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve © MWT

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve achieves coveted Green Flag Community Award for the 3rd Year running

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve achieves coveted Green Flag Community Award for the 3rd Year running!

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space. 

A record-breaking 127 community managed green spaces in Wales have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Green Flag Community Award. This means that Wales now holds a third of the UK’s community Green Flag sites.

The flag will be flying for a third year at Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve in Welshpool in recognition of its excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

Green Flag Award logo

Green Flag Award logo

The Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve is within walking distance of the centre of Welshpool and is a local haven for people and wildlife. This accessible ‘urban oasis’ hosts a variety of events and activities for the public throughout the year, visitors to the site will be able to enjoy some inspiring recycled art works, a wildlife demonstration garden, seating and shelters. The reserve is looked after by a dedicated group of volunteers who continue to work closely with the Trust to keep the reserve healthy, safe and inviting for all who visit.

Matt Clark – Volunteer Reserve Warden and Chairman of the Friends of Severn Farm Pond volunteer group stated:-

“We are very proud to have been awarded this flag for the 3rd year running. The ‘Friends’ continue to work extremely hard each week to keep this local green space accessible and safe for all to enjoy. We hope that more people will come and visit this reserve and if willing, come and join our very sociable ‘Friends Of Severn Farm Pond’ group of volunteers that meets to undertake a variety of reserve maintenance tasks at the site on Wednesdays 10am til 1pm.”

For more information on the Friends of Severn Farm Pond, click here: Friends of Severn Farm Pond

Severn Farm Pond demonstration wildlife garden copyright Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Severn Farm Pond demonstration wildlife garden © MWT

The Green Flag Award program 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 said:

 “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales. All the flags flying at community sites are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of local volunteers who work tirelessly to raise the standard of our green spaces.

“I’d encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the fantastic facilities we have on our doorstep.”

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

You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru for more information.