Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled the winners of the 2019 Green Flag volunteer, young volunteer and employee of the year awards.

82-year-old Mac Burrows was named the Wales 2019 Green Flag Volunteer of the Year for going above and beyond in his role as Chair of Llandaff North Allotments.

For five years, Mac has been the driving force of the allotment committee, working tirelessly to transform the site’s pond and shop, and introducing secure storage and new toilet facilities. Mac can be found on the site most days, helping to ensure that the 250 tenants enjoy a safe, productive and environmentally friendly site.

Mac said:

Winning the award has given me a great feeling of elation and pride. I'm sure it will energise our efforts to tap into the potential that our site offers, which undoubtedly will enhance our local area.

The inaugural Young Volunteer of the Year award was presented to 14-year-old Daniel Lewis from Merthyr Tydfil.  

Daniel is a member of both the Friends of Taff Bargoed Park and the Friends of Cyfartha Park volunteer groups. As well as helping with practical activities like tree planting, hedgelaying and painting park furniture, Daniel has used his IT and photography skills to improve the groups’ websites and social media. He has even managed a night vision camera project, capturing nocturnal wildlife at both parks for everyone to appreciate.

Daniel said:

I can’t believe that I won; I was thankful to be nominated. I really enjoy what I do, and I don’t think I have ever won any competitions before now.

Paul Haines, a groundsman at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, won the Employee of the Year award in recognition of his work caring for Taff Bargoed Park. Paul’s recent work has included establishing new habitats and supporting an initiative to help tackle dog fouling.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator, said:

We can’t underestimate how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy. It is thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of people like Mac, Daniel and Paul that we have so many fantastic facilities available on our doorstep. Congratulations to them all.

The Green Flag Award scheme is delivered in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy with support from Welsh Government.

This year’s Green Flag heroes:

  • Wales 2019 Employee of the Year – Paul Haines
  • Wales 2019 Young Volunteer of the Year – Daniel Lewis
  • Wales 2019 Volunteer of the Year – Mac Burrows
  • Wales 2019 Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Jane Bevan
  • Wales 2019 Volunteer of the Year Finalist – Jeff Walton

You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit the Green Flag Awards pages for more information.

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