Sheffield retains green city status

Blooming beautiful: A total of 22 parks and green spaces have won Green Flag awards including the Botanical Gardens.
Blooming beautiful: A total of 22 parks and green spaces have won Green Flag awards including the Botanical Gardens.
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Sheffield maintained its reputation as the country’s greenest city when it retained a record number of awards for its parks and green spaces.

The city has the most accolades in Yorkshire and Humberside with 22 Green Flag Awards – the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.

Sheffield has the most awards of any city.

Marge Allen of the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park said: “We are delighted to have gained this prestigious award. Many people have been involved in making significant improvements to the park over the last few years to make it a better place for everyone.

“The highly successful partnership between the friends group and Sheffield Council has been a major part of this success.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure said: “This is fantastic news.

“It is a tribute to community groups, volunteers and council staff who have worked really hard to maintain this record number of awards.

“It is a real achievement given all the cuts we are facing at the moment.”

WINNING SITES: Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood, Ecclesall Woods, Firth Heritage Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Peace Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Weston Park, Winter Garden, Devonshire Green, Tinsley Green, Wheata Woods, Meersbrook Park, Millhouses Park, Wyming Brook and Fretson Green.

* Seven others won community awards.