Green spaces win awards

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Barnsley has been recognised for its excellent green spaces, as several sites have achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve has been awarded its seventh flag in a row and both Cannon Hall and Worsbrough Mill have also scooped the award.

Cabinet spokesman Coun Roy Miller said: “We have sites of outstanding beauty across the borough, and having three of them recognised as among the best in the country with this award is testament to the hard work of staff, volunteers, friends groups and others based on the sites who devote so much of their time into making them such tremendous places to visit.”

Meanwhile a quarter-mile stretch of the Chesterfield Canal has also once again been recognised as one of the finest green spaces in the country.

Tapton Lock was awarded a Green Flag for the second year in succession, impressing judges as a welcoming space and peaceful haven.

Coun Andy Botham, Derbyshire County Council deputy cabinet member for economy, jobs and transport, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for Tapton Lock for the second year running.

“Tapton Lock is the perfect place to start exploring the Chesterfield Canal and Trans Pennine Trail southern link and this award recognises the hard work of our staff.”

Boat trips run from the visitor centre, at Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the summer months.

The awards, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, reward the best green areas nationally.

So far this year a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces have received the award.