GREEN flags will be flying at 18 sites across Conwy following awards recognising their quality as parks or green spaces.

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled these sites as this year’s Green Flag Award winners in Conwy. The green flag is the international mark of a quality park or green space.

Cllr Greg Robbins, Conwy’s cabinet member for environment said, “I’m delighted these parks have been awarded the coveted Green Flag status.

“This achievement recognises the hard work of Conwy staff, local community groups, partner organisations and local residents to maintain these areas to such high standards for the benefit of the community."

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “The Green Flag programme continues to go from strength to strength in Wales, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers across the country.

“We can’t underestimate how important high quality parks and green spaces are to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy. We want to encourage everyone to explore their local area and make the most of the award-winning sites on their doorstep.”

The sites in Conwy which received the Full Award are: Tre Cwm, Llandudno; Parc Peulwys, Old Colwyn; Great Orme Country Park, Llandudno; Happy Valley, Llandudno; Llanrhos Lawn Cemetery; Queens Gardens, Colwyn Bay; Bodlondeb, Conwy; Bryn Euryn Allotments, Rhos on Sea; Cae Derw Park, Llandudno Junction; Pentre Mawr Park, Abergele; Wynn Gardens, Old Colwyn.

The sites which received the Community Award are: The Wishing Well Garden, Conwy Town; The Dingle, Colwyn Bay; Chester Avenue Estate & Community Orchard, Kinmel Bay; Conwy Orchard, Conwy; Queens Park, Colwyn Bay; St Tudno's Churchyard (Great Orme), Llandudno; St Cynbryd’s Community Gardens, Llanddulas.