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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
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
Our FREE App
'Discover Margam' Smartphone App is now FREE to download for
Apple and Android from App stores.
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
Complete challenges to earn badges
and achieve the ultimate award of ‘Margam Country Park
Select which categories interest you;
history, natural history, tv and film locations, outdoor
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
(This is the English language version
the welsh will come along towards the end of
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.
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
Aerial views put
park in the picture to boost
WHILE it may not be in 3D a
new documentary has brought a whole new dimension to the story of
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
Friends of Margam Park
commissioned the DVD, which will be unveiled at a free of charge
event starting at 7pm in Margam Orangery on
"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.
National Museum of Wales buys Margam House
panoramic 18th Century paintings of one of the great former houses
of Wales have gone on show at the National Museum Cardiff for the
The museum bought the
paintings of the now disappeared Tudor Margam House for
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
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
For more information
Dr Who Locations in the
Since 2007 the BBC have used
the Park as a location for various parts of the Dr Who
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.