Chapter delighted that Canton Community Gardens has been awarded the Green Flag Community Award

Posted on: 26 Jul 2016

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 83 community managed green spaces in Wales have met the high standard needed to receive the prestigious Green Flag Community Award, more than double the number of winners in 2015.

We are extremely proud that Canton Community Gardens, which is located at Chapter has earned the right to fly the Green Flag Community Award in recognition of their excellent facilities and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

Roger Phillips, Gardener and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Canton Community Gardens said of the award:

“We are very pleased to have been given the Green Flag Award from Keep Wales Tidy. The award is pleasing to the volunteers who have enjoyed working on the garden. We have had many visitors, including children and local people who have praised and enjoyed the garden and bee hives over the years. I think the award recognises the contribution that green spaces make to the enjoyment and well-being of all. It also makes a small contribution to raising questions about sustainability and the challenges of climate change.”

Abigail Lawrence, Operations Director at Chapter said:

“We couldn't be more delighted for the Canton Community Garden and its dedicated team of volunteers. The Green Flag Award recognises their many hours of hard work that they have put in week after week and in all weathers, turning this once unused area into a beautiful haven filled with edible planting and swarming with insects and bees. Not only is the garden a sanctuary amongst the concrete streets but it has become an education space for local school children to learn about food and growing vegetables and it has also be used as a performance space with theatre companies setting their productions amongst the trees and flowers. This truly is a special and vibrant green space and we feel very fortunate to have it on our doorstep.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Green Flag Award scheme, which is delivered in Wales by 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, sustainability and community involvement.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Our parks and green spaces play an important role in our communities, but their benefits are often taken for granted. As well as providing havens for wildlife, having accessible, high quality green space can have a big impact of our health and well-being, and local economy.”“The success of community sites is due to the commitment and dedication of local volunteers and it is thanks to them that we have so many fantastic facilities available on our doorstep. I’d like to congratulate all our winners and thank everyone who is involved in raising the standard of our green spaces.”

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

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