Cittaslow is an international movement of towns that have adopted a common set of principles and objectives to enhance their quality of life.

Cittaslow was first formed in Italy in 1999 and grew out of the Slow Food movement. In just over 10 years, it has grown into a network of over 140 towns in over 20 countries that stretch from Norway to New Zealand and from Spain to South Korea.

Membership of Cittaslow is open to towns with less than 50,000 residents. Towns must undergo a strenuous accreditation process to be recognised as Cittaslow members. This process includes assessing each town’s achievements and objectives against over 50 membership criteria that cover –

  • Environmental management and protection.
  • Provision of people-friendly infrastructure.
  • Conservation and maintenance of the urban fabric.
  • Promotion and support of local produce and local products.
  • Provision of visitor welcome facilities.
  • Active involvement of the community in the life of their town.
  • Promotion of the principles of Cittaslow.

The membership criteria aims to involve the local community in taking practical actions to enhance the environment, infrastructure, local products, hospitality, and profile of a town.

Cittaslow is organised into a series of national networks that develop and promote Cittaslow at a national level. Cittaslow Mold is represented on the Board of Cittaslow UK CIC. Networking with the other Cittaslow towns enables Mold to share national and international best practice.

Cittaslow towns guide other towns that may also be interested in joining the movement. In Wales the town of Penarth is presently working on their accreditation.

Carnival sun: Bailey Hill rain

The joys of running outdoor events and festivals in North Wales! Mold Carnival was a day to remember, the sun shone and over 4,000 people enjoyed live music in both Daniel Owen Square and the High Street, along with a …

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Does Cittaslow accreditation make a difference?

As a town with Cittaslow Accreditation, and blessed with supportive town and county councils, and many proactive partners, it’s easy to assume that everyone in Mold is aware of the benefits of being a member of the Cittaslow movement. This …

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Summer outing from Parkfields

Parkfields Lunch Club has a few spare places on the coach for their summer outing to Anglesey on Monday 19 August at a cost of £10 per person, plus buy your own lunch. The coach will leave Parkfields at 9am …

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Festival cancelled at Bailey Hill

Due to the wet weather organisers have cancelled Bailey Hill Festival. The outdoor event is entirely weather dependent and with heavy rain on Sunday morning and more forecast for the rest of the afternoon, holding the Festival would have been …

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