Celebrating England’s greenest city

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City leaders are celebrating a record number of awards for parks and open spaces in Sheffield.

The city now boasts 22 Green Flag awards - the national standard for quality parks - making Sheffield the leading location in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The city also scooped a record 31 honours at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom.

Its reputation as the country’s greenest city has been boosted by four new Green Flag awards for Charnock Recreation Ground, Manor Fields, Millhouses Park and Wyming Brook.

Twelve other sites retained their Green Flag status this year, including Ecclesall Woods, Firth Heritage Park, the Botanical Gardens and Devonshire Green.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment, said: “Sheffield is rightly proud to hold the title of England’s greenest city for its rich heritage of quality parks, woodland and countryside areas.

“These awards not only recognise the quality, cleanliness and environmental value of the sites, but also the invaluable contribution the community can play in helping to develop and sustain them.

“A very special mention must be made for all the efforts of staff and volunteers who manage and maintain these sites every day and do such an excellent job.”

Six Sheffield entrants won gold at the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards in Harrogate - Forgemasters, the Botanical Gardens, Crystal Peaks shopping centre, Sheffield Hallam University, St John’s Church at Deepcar and Charnock Hall grounds and gardens.

Seven silver gilt honours were awarded - to Bradfield, Grenoside, Owlthorpe and Stocksbridge villages - and in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category, ‘thriving’ awards were handed to schemes including Beighton Orchard and Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.

Charnock Hall gardens won gold in the Young People’s Award.