Pride in parks as green spaces receive awards

Crowds enjoying the sunshine in Millhouses Park, one of 14 Sheffield green spaces which have been named as winners of Green Flag Awards for 2013
Crowds enjoying the sunshine in Millhouses Park, one of 14 Sheffield green spaces which have been named as winners of Green Flag Awards for 2013
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Green-fingered volunteers and park staff across South Yorkshire are celebrating scooping awards under the national Green Flag award scheme.

Sheffield alone scooped 14 awards recognising the quality of its parks, plus five ‘community awards’ for smaller projects involving residents.

John Brighton, secretary of The Friends of Millhouses Park - which has retained its Green Flag award for the third year in a row - said: “Every sunny day in recent weeks there have been thousands of people in the park enjoying facilities such as the new water play area, which gives us huge pride.

“The main credit for our award should go to the park staff who work so hard to keep it in a good condition.

“It’s a struggle to keep on top of things but the park has been helped by income from car park charges.”

John said the friends are planning further improvements, including renewing play equipment using £12,000 from waste management company Viridor’s landfill tax credit grants.

The biggest local winner in the Green Flag awards, organised by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, has been Heeley City Farm, with four honours - more than any other organisation in Yorkshire.

Spokeswoman Sarah Hardy said: “Heeley City Farm, our Wortley Hall Kitchen Garden, Firth Park Community Allotment and Meersbrook Walled Garden have all won. I think this is a fantastic achievement for our growers and gardeners. Compared to bigger organisations with more revenue, they get a fantastic amount done to keep Sheffield looking green.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “This news is a glowing tribute to community groups, volunteers and council staff.

“It also confirms Sheffield’s position as one of the UK’s greenest cities.”

Awards have also been handed out in Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and North Derbyshire.

Paul Todd, manager of the Green Flag Award scheme, said: “We are thrilled to announce another record-breaking year for the awards.”

Nationally, 1,400 winners have been announced.

GREEN FLAG AWARD WINNERS

SHEFFIELD

* Wyming Brook Nature Reserve

* Cholera Monument

* Devonshire Green

* Ecclesall Woods

* Firth Heritage Park

* Meersbrook Park

* Millhouses Park

* Norfolk Heritage Park

* Peace Gardens

* Botanical Gardens

* Winter Garden

* Tinsley Green

* Weston Park

* Wheata Woods

COMMUNITY AWARD WINNERS

* Devon Gardens, Sheffield

* Grenoside Green

* Heeley City Farm

* Wortley Hall Garden

* Meersbrook Garden ROTHERHAM

* Bradgate Park

* Clifton Park

* Rosehill Victoria Park

* Rother Valley Park

* Thrybergh Park

BARNSLEY

* Cannon Hall grounds

* Elsecar Park

* Worsbrough Mill

DONCASTER

* Cusworth Park

CHESTERFIELD

* Chesterfield Crematorium

* Holmebrook Valley

* Poolsbrook Park

* Queen’s Park

* Tapton Lock