The Valleys Regional Park

Parc Rhanbarthol y Cymoedd

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VRP Community Spaces  

Throughout 2013 the WECAN project funded the continuation of a project sponsored by Marks and Spencer which was run by Groundwork in Wales throughout 2012.

The project supported community groups within the Valleys Regional Park caring for open spaces through the Community Green Flag Application Process.

In addition to the post of an officer, a small amount of funding was made available to assist and support groups in achieving goals and aspirations for their space.

The ultimate aim of the project was to provide support and assistance to the community groups caring for open spaces helping to raise the profile of each individual group and also to raise awareness of the good work and important contribution that voluntary groups are making to green spaces across the Valleys Regional Park. The feedback from those groups supported was highly positive and again this showed the need to support community groups that make a vital contribution to the local environment and economy.  

What is a Green Flag Community Award site?

All community green spaces are eligible to enter, as long as they are freely accessible to all and unlocked as much as possible although we understand this may not be every day and may be limited to regular, advertised open days.

Judges Criteria

A welcoming place -First impressions are all too important and the site should look inviting. Issues that must be considered are: Good and safe access, Welcoming, Signage, and equal access for all. The site should be freely access to the public. However we are fully aware that sites may well have to be locked at night for security reasons or that access to the site may be restricted to regular open days with a designated member being the key holder.

Healthy, safe and secure -It is of paramount importance that the site is safe. Issues such as: personal security, safe equipment and facilities, appropriate level of facilities and dog fouling must be considered

Clean and well maintained -There should be an appropriate standard of maintenance throughout the site and effective management skills to combat issues including: litter and waste management, overall standard of maintenance including graffiti and vandalism.

Sustainability -Judges will examine environmental issues such as peat and pesticide use, sustainable material use and waste minimisation.

Biodiversity and heritage -Each green space is unique and has its own character. The judges will be identifying the nature of conservation and historic feature value of the site, and what measures have been taken up to increase this where appropriate.

Community involvement -This is a key criterion for the Green Flag Community Award® as it looks to how well the site relates and encompasses the local and wider community.

Management/Achievements -Here, judges will be looking at what you have achieved, not only in terms of managing the green space, but also what funding and resources you have secured and how you have used them. How creative and innovative you have been with projects on your site will also be of interest here.

Caerau Market Garden
Community Green Flag Award Winners 2012

VRP Community Spaces