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Public picks the UK’s ten favourite parks -  Thousands vote in poll to find the most loved Green Flag Award-winning parks

Staff and volunteers at the Park are celebrating after being voted one of the ten favourite parks in the UK. In total, more than 30,000 people voted in this year’s People’s Choice poll – showing just how much communities up and down the country value their parks and green spaces.

The People’s Choice competition is organised by the Green Flag Award scheme which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the UK and beyond. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Green Flag Awards, delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy with support from Welsh Government.

Margam Park has met the high standards to achieve the Green Flag Award for the past four years and is one of Wales’ premier parks. It boasts the magnificent Margam Castle and Orangery, ornamental gardens and a deer park, set in 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside.

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Ali Thomas OBE said: “This is excellent news for Margam Park. It’s a great accolade to be the only park in Wales to have achieved the People’s Choice Award and to be one of just 10 in the whole of the UK."

 “I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers of the park who work tirelessly to maintain the castle grounds and the estate as their help is invaluable. Margam Park is such an important landmark both for residents of and visitors to the county borough and this award highlights just how much people value it. Wales is rich in natural beauty and breath-taking parks, so this award is testament to just how special Margam Park is.

“More than 1,700 UK parks and green spaces flying a Green Flag Award were eligible to enter, so I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who voted for Margam as without their votes this wouldn’t have happened.”

Keep Wales Tidy’s Green Flag Award Coordinator, Lucy Prisk, said: “It is fantastic to see so many people voting in this year’s People’s Choice, showing their support for Welsh parks and demonstrating how much our communities value their green space. “I’d like to congratulate all of the staff and volunteers at Margam Park who go the extra mile to maintain its high standards and make it such a wonderful place for people to visit.” You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too.

Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.org for more information.

 


Our FREE App

'Discover Margam' Smartphone App is now FREE to download for Apple and Android from App stores.
Margam Park App Home ScreenFor Apple

For Android

See Margam Country Park as you’ve never seen it before with this interactive guide to the sights, sounds, secrets and surprises of the Park. You can use the app in the park or at home from your armchair!

Discover Doctor Who’s filming locations, rare deer breeds, fairytale cottages, castle ghosts and much more.

Complete challenges to earn badges and achieve the ultimate award of ‘Margam Country Park Ranger’

Select which categories interest you; history, natural history, tv and film locations, outdoor activities

Based on your interests the ‘Discover Margam App will display interesting locations on a map and alert you when they are close by.

At each location, gain points by answering questions and taking part in challenges. Pit your wits against other trainee rangers and collect Ranger badges as you work your way up the leader board.
Great fun for the Summer!
(This is the English language version the welsh will come along towards the end of August).

The project was grant funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) sourced through Visit Wales and the Friends of Margam Park.


Green Flag for Margam Park

Margam Park and Talbot Memorial Park now join Gnoll Park, Victoria Gardens and Afan Forest Park Visitor centre in achieving the prestigious ‘Green Flag’, an award given to the best green spaces in England and Wales.


Archeologists uncovered Medieval Floor Tiles around the base of the Chapter House ruin in the Orangery Gardens. To keep them safe they have been photographed and will be recovered.

The alternate green glazed and buff coloured tiles can be seen in the picture.

Monastic Floor Tile Margam

 

 


Aerial views put park in the picture to boost attraction

WHILE it may not be in 3D a new documentary has brought a whole new dimension to the story of Margam Park.

The DVD  features footage taken from a camera fixed to a mini-helicopter to provide never-before-seen aerial views of the area's top tourist attraction.

Friends of Margam Park commissioned the DVD, which will be unveiled at a free of charge event starting at 7pm in Margam Orangery on Sunday.

"We had a grant towards it but we have also put a fair amount of our own money into it," said Friends member Bill Perkins.

"For part of it we hired a two-man crew who brought a helicam to take aerial shots filmed at 60 frames a second.

"It took the two of them to work it, with one flying the helicopter by remote control and the other operating the camera.

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National Museum of Wales buys Margam House paintings

Two panoramic 18th Century paintings of one of the great former houses of Wales have gone on show at the National Museum Cardiff for the first time.

The museum bought the paintings of the now disappeared Tudor Margam House for £218,500.

The paintings are the Welsh museum's first early estate works and they show a landscape now transformed by the M4 and the Port Talbot steelworks.

They illustrate the dramatic changes over the last 300 years.

The paintings entitled View of Margam House, Glamorgan, looking South and View of Margam House, Glamorgan, looking North - were bought with the help of a £142,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from the Art Fund.

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Dr Who Locations in the Park

Since 2007 the BBC have used the Park as a location for various parts of the Dr Who series.

Find the locations HERE.


Catch the Echoes...A digital sound installation...eavesdrop on voices from the past in the Park... project www.catchtheechoes.com


A great short video clip has been sent in by one of our regular visitors... John  McGrath..it really shows what's here!...Thanks John! Watch it on Youtube.


 


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