This year, Keep Wales Tidy has awarded the prestigious Green Flag Community Award to 37 community managed green spaces in Wales.
The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country as well as driving up the quality of green space.
Denbighshire Leisure is extremely proud to earn the right to fly the Green Flag Community Award at Marine Lake and to receive recognition of the high standards maintained throughout the year. It would not be able to do this without the hard work and dedication of the members of Marine Lake Users Forum.
Ian Olson, Assistant Leisure Officer for the Coast said “Marine Lake is one of the jewels in Denbighshire’s Crown and the hard work of Denbighshire Leisure, Streetscene, our grounds maintenance contractor P&W Contracting, alongside the support of the Marine Lake Users Forum has meant that we have been successful in meeting the criteria.
Joanna Friedli, Green Flag Co-ordinator for Wales commented “Keep Wales Tidy is extremely proud that so many community managed green spaces in Wales have reached the high standards necessary to achieve Green Flag Community Award status. The success of community sites is due to the commitment and dedication of local volunteers and it is thanks to them that we have fantastic community facilities available on our doorstep. I would like to pass on our congratulations to all the volunteers receiving the Green Flag Community Award 2014/15 and hope that together we can continue to raise the standards of parks and green space in Wales.”
Check out all the green flag parks in Wales at www.keepwalestidy.org/greenflag.
In addition to the above, for the first time ever, Marine Lake has also recently been awarded the Green Coast Award.
The aim of this award is to acknowledge marine waters which meet ‘ Excellent’ bathing water quality standards (the highest standard recognised under the revised bathing water directive) but which are also prized for their natural environment.
This award scheme is objective led, encouraging ‘best practice’ in its management. It looks at a number of criteria including water quality, an established management committee, management plan, removal of litter, provision of litter bins, safe and well maintained access, and organised environmental activities.
Ian Olson again commented “Excellent water quality is something we strive to achieve at all our sites, and this award demonstrates the efforts that go into maintaining the standard at Marine Lake. Our partners in Pollution and Public Health, and Natural Resources Wales work hard with us behind the scenes to help achieve optimum water quality. Under the new tougher criteria of the revised bathing water directive, gaining the Green Coast award for Marine Lake is a great achievement.”