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.
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
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.