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Margam Country Park among the UK’s top ten

Margam Country Park. (Adobe Stock)

Margam Country Park has been voted among the top ten most popular parks and green spaces in the UK after a month long public vote.

The accolade comes after a UK-wide “People’s Vote” organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to find the country’s ten best Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces.

The Green Flag Award scheme is the international quality standard for parks and green spaces, and this year a record-breaking 2,061 achieved the award.

And later, the British public were invited to take part in the “People’s Vote” for their favourite park with tens of thousands joining in. Margam Country Park was the only park in Wales and the only one outside of England to be voted into the prestigious top ten.

The People’s Choice ten most popular parks and green space are:

• Cassiobury Park, Watford
• Hollycroft Park, Hinckley
• Margam Park, Port Talbot
• Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
• Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire
• Telford Town Park, Telford
• University of Essex Wivenhoe Park, Colchester
• Valentines Park, Ilford
• Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets
• Warley Woods, Smethwick

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, Cllr Peter Rees, said: “This is wonderful news for Margam Park. It is a great accolade to be the only park in Wales to have achieved the People’s Choice Award and to be one of just 10 in the whole of the UK.

“I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers of the park who work tirelessly to maintain the castle grounds on this magnificent estate as their help is invaluable.

“Margam Park is such an important landmark both for our local residents and visitors and this award shows just how much people value it. I would also like to say a very big thank you to everyone who voted for Margam Park.”

International Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd added: “I would like to congratulate our ten worthy winners and thank all the thousands of parks staff and volunteers across the country who have gone the extra mile this year to ensure our country’s parks and green spaces remain such fantastic places to escape to and enjoy.

“We know how important quality parks are to people of all ages in every corner of the UK and so, for these parks, this public recognition of just how much they are loved and valued is a real achievement.”