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Green Flag Joy!!

AN HISTORIC Swansea park where football legends like Ivor Allchurch and John Charles practiced as children has won prestigious Green Flag status for the very first time.

Morriston's Parc Llewelyn, located just off Trewyddfa Road, is one of six Swansea parks to have been recognised as top class.

Green Flag status means visitors can be sure a park is a high-quality green space that gives people of all ages a hugely rewarding visitor experience. Only parks that are free to enter and open to the public can receive the status.

Clyne Gardens, Singleton Botanical Gardens, Victoria Park, Brynmill Park and Cwmdonkin Park have also scooped Green Flag status for 2014.

Swansea Council has been working with the Friends of Parc Llewelyn for a number of years to vastly improve the attraction with funding from a variety of sources, including Swansea Council and the Welsh Government's Tidy Towns initiative. Improvements have included a new children's adventure trail and the construction of a boardwalk to improve access to a wetland area that's attracting a variety of wildlife. The old tennis courts have also been transformed into a multi-sports play area, paths have been upgraded and bird boxes have been installed.

Other improvements include the planting of new flowers and trees, the introduction of a bird feeding station and the repairing of gates and fences to boost security.

Cllr June Burtonshaw, Cabinet Member for Place, said: "Securing Green Flag status is the culmination of a huge amount of partnership work between our parks department and the Friends of Parc Llewelyn to generate an attraction that will benefit many thousands of local people and visitors to the area in years to come.

"We recognise the importance of parks because they offer people of all ages a peaceful haven where they can take time out from their busy everyday lives. This is particularly important in the more densely populated areas of a city like Swansea."

Stephen James, Chairman of the Friends of Parc Llewelyn, said: "We set up the Friends group in 2006 after a university student wrote a dissertation on the history of the park and since then it's gone from strength to strength.

"It was always our goal to win Green Flag status for the park but it wouldn't have been possible without close partnership working with Swansea Council and other organisations. The goal now is to keep on improving the park in future."

The Green Flag scheme run by Keep Wales Tidy was introduced in Wales eight years ago and has since become the national standard for parks both here and in England.

Joanna Friedli, Keep Wales Tidy's Green Flag Co-ordinator, said: "This is a prestigious award for the best parks and green spaces. It's great to see so many local authorities and volunteers in Wales striving for the best possible standards, contributing to tourism and the economy of Wales."

Parc Llewelyn was officially opened in 1878. Large areas of the park were used to grow oats, wheat and potatoes during World War Two's Dig for Victory campaign.

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