Michael Sheen's pride after Margam Park voted UK's favourite green space
HOLLYWOOD star Michael Sheen has spoken of his pride at Margam Park being voted the UK's favourite green space.
The Keep Wales Tidy ambassador was speaking after the news was revealed — just a week after the country park was given a Green Flag award, and voted the best in Wales.
The People's Choice Award allowed the public to vote for their favourite Green Flag site and after six weeks of voting, the nation has had its say and Margam Country Park in Neath Port Talbot has been crowned the winner.
Mr Sheen, whose new tv show Masters of Sex began on Channel 4 this week, said: "It is wonderful to see Margam Country Park which is in my home county of Neath Port Talbot voted as the UK's favourite green space.
"I am also delighted that Neath Port Talbot tops the list of Green Flag Awards in Wales this year.
"I was 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."
The Green Flag Award is the mark of quality green space in the UK and the People's Choice reflects just how much communities up and down the country value their parks and green spaces. Neath Port Talbot Council leader Councillor Ali Thomas said: "We're over the moon that people across the UK have chosen Margam Country Park as their favourite Green Flag site.
"We all know what a wonderful place it is, which is enjoyed by the public and royalty alike.
"It certainly is our jewel in the crown with a rich history and heritage. This is a tremendous accolade and a marvellous tribute to all the staff who make it such a special place."
Who did Margam Park beat to get to the top spot? Here are the next four placed best parks in the UK:
2 Victoria Park; London Borough of Tower Hamlets
3 Mote Park; Maidstone Borough Council
4 Strathaven Park; South Lanarkshire Council
5 Warley Woods; Warley Woods Community Trust
Katherine Jenkins performed in the park in 2007 – watch a clip