Sustainable Bridgend County

November 9, 2020

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Pond dipping at Bryngarw

Here in Bridgend County, we take sustainability seriously. With golden beaches, luscious parklands and protected nature reserves on our doorstep, taking pride in our natural environment is a top priority.

Nine green spaces given prestigious Green Flag Award

This year, the hard work and dedication of locals has been recognised with the announcement that nine parks and green spaces across the county have won the prestigious Green Flag Award. This nationwide scheme ensures that recreational outdoor spaces are respected and protected to a benchmark level. This is a critical part of making sure that locals and visitors alike can hike, cycle and explore Bridgend’s breath taking green spaces.

Awarded by Keep Wales Tidy, a handful of Bridgend’s best spots have now gained full Green Flag status. Included in the final line up are Bryngarw Country Park, Maesteg Welfare Park and the Wilderness Lake in Porthcawl. Meanwhile, the Spirit of Llynfi Woodlands has received a Green Flag Community Award for their top-notch standards.

Enjoy Our Beautiful Blue Flag Beaches

Beyond the glorious green spaces, Bridgend is also home to breath taking stretching seaside spots. The golden trio of Rest Bay, Trecco Bay and Porthcawl Marina all hold the coveted Blue Flag Award, meaning the beaches and shared coastal spaces are sustainably maintained making them perfect places for an after-work walk, hitting the waves with surf lessons or a relaxing seaside dining.

Green golfing on our GEO-certified courses

If you’re a sucker for great golfing, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Bridgend County’s beautiful courses. Royal Porthcawl and Pyle & Kenfig golf clubs are not only considered two of the best courses in the UK, but they are also two of the most sustainable clubs in Britain. Royal Porthcawl first paved the way in sustainable golfing by being the first club in Wales to receive the GEO-Certification sustainability award after their ‘Dunes 2 Dunes’ project.

The GEO-certification status has encouraged golf clubs like Royal Porthcawl and P&K to give back to the rich natural environments through adopting positive practices that protect nature, conserve resources and strengthen local communities. Which means golfers can tee-up to their heart’s content, knowing the beautiful stretching landscapes of Bridgend aren’t being harmed in the process.

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