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Big News for Pembrey Country Park

Carmarthenshire’s Pembrey Country Park has become the only place in Wales to hold both a Blue Flag and a Green Flag, owing to its fantastic environment and friendly welcome.

For years Pembrey Country Park has held the prestigious Blue Flag for Cefn Sidan Beach, however now for the first time it has been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Wales Tidy in recognition of achieving the international mark of a quality park.

Only around 220 parks and green spaces have met the high standards needed to receive this award this year, so it’s a fantastic achievement.

Green Flag Pembrey Park

Helping raise the flag was Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism and he commented that “This is a fantastic achievement for Pembrey Country Park, and we are proud to be the only place in Wales to hold both the Green and Blue Flags – a sign of the quality attraction we have here in Carmarthenshire,”

“We are lucky to have this beautiful space on our doorstep, which is enjoyed by thousands of local families as well as tourists who flock to the park to enjoy its stunning scenery and attractions.”

 

What Exactly is the Green Flag Award?

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by the 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 biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating this year’s Green Flag Awards at Pembrey Country Park. It’s particularly special as this is the only site to hold both a Blue Flag and Green Flag this year – a huge achievement for the team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by these two international awards.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website here.

 

How did Pembrey Country Park Achieve this New Flag

For Pembrey Country Park to haven been awarded this Green Flag it had to meet international standards in key areas, including being welcoming, healthy, safe and secure; being well maintained and clean, with well-managed environment and biodiversity; involving the community in maintaining the landscape and heritage of the park; as well as management, marketing and communication.

 

What Else is New for Families to Enjoy in Pembrey Country Park this Summer

Loads of improvements have been made to Pembrey Country Park recently as part of a two-year masterplan to develop the park into a major tourism destination within Carmarthenshire and Wales.

The first thing you will notice on arrival at the park is the new entrance system which works via number plate recognition, so you drive in and have to pay before you leave or else the barrier wont lift to let you exit.

Last year, a new National Closed Road Circuit was opened, which has already hosted some major cycling events, like the OVO Energy Women’s Tour last month. The National Closed Road Circuit is a safe off-road one-way cycling circuit that is free to use for everyone including families with children. There are sometimes events held on the circuit so those days you won’t be able to use it, but aside from them you just turn up and use it, no booking required.

A new changing places toilet facility has been installed at the Ski Centre, which is also where a range of accessible bikes can be hired from if you don’t want to bring your own to the park and money has been spent on improving the 320-pitch camping and caravanning site and new amenity block for guests.

One of the other big things you will notice that is New for this Summer is the new café, which has recently opened just in time for the kid’s school holidays and will be selling both hot and cold food and refreshments

More that you and your family can enjoy this summer is the new nature trails and an orienteering course that has been created by the ranger team.

 

Planned Improvements Still to Come

There is still some work to be done at the park such as improved bilingual signage and accessible toilets next to the main playground within the Park, which is being funded by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Amenity Investment Support programme.

Also work on a new adventure golf course will also get underway soon, in time for the 2020 season.

There has also been some effort put into holding more events at the park and we have listed some of the family friendly ones on our What’s On in West Wales Page so keep an eye out for them.

It’s safe to say all these improvements are fab for local families and if you’re thinking of popping along over the summer you can find more info about the park and its location here

 

 

 

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