Swansea University continues to fly the flag for the importance of green spaces in Wales.
Its two campuses have once again been praised by expert judges who have just awarded the University a coveted Green Flag.
The Green Flag is the international mark of a quality park or green space and recognises excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and a commitment to delivering great quality green space.
The University has also achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation again this year. This award, endorsed by Cadw, recognises sites that are both historically significant and meet Green Flag criteria.
Grounds manager Paul Edwards said: “I am really proud of the Grounds Team who through their continued hard work and innovative approach have once again secured the Green Flag Awards for the University.”
Swansea University Registrar and Chief Operating Officer Niamh Lamond said: “This is the sixth consecutive year we have retained our Green Flag and we are delighted our continued commitment to our campuses’ beautiful green spaces has been recognised.
“We are very fortunate to have an outstanding grounds’ team which works hard to manage and develop these areas in a sustainable manner while protecting their historic and scientific nature.
“We know just how important our grounds and gardens are to everybody at the University – students, staff and the local community – and we are proud to say they are in very safe hands.”
Now in its third decade, the Green Flag Award recognises well-managed parks and green spaces in 20 countries around the world. This year the University is among 280 green spaces - ranging from formal gardens and parks to allotments and churchyards - across the country that have been honoured.
In Wales, the awards scheme is run by Keep Wales Tidy. Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator for Keep Wales Tidy said: “Free access to safe, high quality green space has never been more important. Our award-winning sites play a vital role in people’s mental and physical well-being, providing a haven for communities to come together, relax and enjoy nature.
“News that 280 parks and green spaces in Wales have achieved Green Flag Awards is testament to the hard work of hundreds of staff and volunteers. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate their success on the world stage.”