Welsh fishery becomes sole community managed green space to feature in UK Top Ten 

More than 21,000 members of the public cast their vote in this year’s People’s Choice Awards, naming Lliswerry Pond in their top ten Green Flag Award green spaces in the UK.  

The volunteer run fishery and green space on the outskirts of Newport is the only site with a Green Flag Community Award to make the Top 10 this year.   

Lliswerry Pond was one of 2,216 UK parks and green spaces which met the standard of the Green Flag Award for 2023 – the international quality standard managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy, which recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces.  

Being named in the People’s Choice Top 10 in the UK is a huge achievement for any site, but to be the only Community Award winner this year is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers at Lliswerry.  The community work tirelessly to maintain standards and ensure all who use the fishery and its surrounding green space can benefit from it. This recognition is fantastic, well done all. 

Lucy Prisk
Green Flag Coordinator for Keep Wales Tidy

Lliswerry Pond is one of three Welsh sites to make the People’s Choice Top 10, alongside Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot and Parc Slip in Bridgend.  

In what has proven to be a very successful awards season for Welsh green spaces, Green Flag’s Best of the Best awards also recognised staff and volunteers from five Green Flag sites across Wales.  

See below for the full list of 2023 winners: 

Best of the Best Awards 

  • Climate Change Adaptation Project – Van Ward Allotments 
  • Best Health Initiative – Bailey Hill 
  • Team of the Year (park staff) – Forest Farm (Cardiff Council) 
  • Young Volunteer of the Year – Jaiden Daniels (Swansea Community Farm) 
  • Flag Raising Celebration (photograph) – Llanfallteg Memorial Playing Field 

People’s Choice Awards 

  • Lliswerry Pond 
  • Parc Slip 
  • Margam Park 

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Join the Green Flag Family

Do you look after a great quality park or green space? Does your group or team deserve international recognition? You can apply now for Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award. 

More information on the award programme is available here: Green Flag for Parks – Keep Wales Tidy 

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