From wasteland to award winner - Sheffield park’s ‘fantastic’ transformation

Manor Fields Park in Sheffield has won its first Green Flag award recognising excellence in parks. Pictured are Coun Pat Midgley, Brett Nuttall from Green Estate, Diane Cairns, Friends of Manor Fields Park, and council leader Julie Dore.
Manor Fields Park in Sheffield has won its first Green Flag award recognising excellence in parks. Pictured are Coun Pat Midgley, Brett Nuttall from Green Estate, Diane Cairns, Friends of Manor Fields Park, and council leader Julie Dore.
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An inner-city Sheffield park developed from derelict ‘no go’ wasteland is now ranked among the best in the country - thanks to a top award.

Work to create Manor Fields Park, located off City Road, Manor, began in 1999 and has continued ever since.

Volunteers and staff from social enterprise Green Estates, which manages the 24-hectare Sheffield Council owned park, are now celebrating after it received its first Green Flag award , which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country.

Brett Nuttall, from Green Estates, said they were ‘chuffed’.

He added: “It’s a fantastic achievement for everybody who has been involved to see a piece of what was derelict land transformed into a really well used and impressive park.”

Manor Fields Park boasts play areas, nature inspired planting schemes and an active Friends group which carries out activities every week

It is to be developed further as a landscape laboratory by The University of Sheffield.

Sue France, Green Estate’s chief executive, added: “The story behind Manor Fields Park is very different tomany traditional Green Flag winners.

“Just 15 years ago there was no park at all - just a ‘no-go’ wasteland.

“We wanted to do something very different which would also offer a blueprint for creating other much more sustainable urban parks in the future.”

Council leader Julie Dore, who visited the park to celebrate its Green Flaf, said: “It’s great to see that Manor Fields Park has been recognised with a Green Flag award and I would like to thank Green Estates and all the local volunteers that have done a tremendous job in making this a fantastic asset for the local area.”

Across the country more than 1,580 green spaces have been given Green Flags this year through the Keep Britain Tidy initiative - a record number. Another 12 parks in Sheffield triumphed.

In Rotherham, Clifton Park has received the award for the fifth year in a row.