Margam Park is people's pick in Green Flag Awards
MARGAM Country Park has been chosen as the people's choice in a national vote.
Keep Wales Tidy hosted a Green Flag Awards ceremony at the site this week, where it was awarded its prestigious new title.
The event saw a record number of parks in the country winning the award — with Neath Port Talbot leading the way with 16 in total.
Margam Park, Dyffryn Community Garden and Glyncorrwg Ponds have all received the Green Flag Award for the first time this year, and were given their certificates at the ceremony, by minister for culture and sport, John Griffiths.
Michael Sheen, ambassador for Keep Wales Tidy, praised his home county's record achievement, adding: "I am particularly impressed to see so many communities working together to raise the standard of local green space and provide fabulous facilities for their neighbourhood.
"I am delighted to see a steady increase in the number of Wales's parks and community managed green spaces reaching the high standards necessary to achieve Green Flag status.
"A big thank-you goes to our volunteer judges who work incredibly hard to judge the parks and provide invaluable feedback to applicants." Other sites awarded Green Flag status in the county were Afan Forest Park, Talbot Memorial, Gnoll Park and Victoria Gardens and all were also congratulated by David Rees, AM for Aberavon, who said the area was leading the way for beautiful parks.
The park now goes forward to tomorrow's UK National Award.