Rotherham and Barnsley parks among UK's best

Clifton Park in Rotherham.

Clifton Park in Rotherham.

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Two South Yorkshire parks are among the country's top 10, according to a public vote.

Green Flag ran a poll to find the UK's favourite open spaces. And when the public votes were counted, both Clifton Park in Rotherham and Elsecar Park in Barnsley were in the top 10.

Elsecar Park in Barnsley.

Elsecar Park in Barnsley.

Chairman of the Friends of Clifton Park Elaine Humphries said: “We are absolutely delighted that our park has been awarded the people’s choice award as this really reflects the love that generations of local people have for Clifton Park and Museum and all the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers who make the park a beautiful place to be.”

More than 30,000 people voted in the poll, for which 1,700 parks and green spaces flying a Green Flag Award were eligible.

Also in the top 10 were Victoria Park in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, and Mote Park in Maidstone.

International Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd said: "The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by an army of more than 800 volunteer judges, but the people’s choice is the public’s opportunity to vote for their favourite parks and it is wonderful that more than 30,000 people have done just that this year as the scheme celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“Winning a Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work of local authorities and the managers of public green space up and down the country along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers.

"More than 1,700 parks this year are flying the Green Flag Award and the people’s choice award shows them just how much that hard work is appreciated by the public."

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