South West Sheffield parks retain Green Flag status
Three parks in the area have been recognised as part of the annual Green Flag awards, the international standard for green spaces
By: John Gilding
Three parks in south west Sheffield have been selected among some of the best in the UK as part of the annual Green Flag awards.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Millhouses Park and Ecclesall Woods were among over 2,000 parks and green spaces in the country to be celebrated.
Alison Teal, councillor for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale, and Executive Member for Wellbeing, Parks and Leisure, said: “Our parks, woodlands and green spaces are the jewel in Sheffield’s crown, and we are incredibly lucky to have so many amazing open spaces to enjoy.
“I’m so proud of what our hard-working teams have achieved. With more than 800 green spaces to look after, it’s a real testament to them to once again be awarded so many Green Flag sites.”
The Green Flag awards are the international benchmark for green spaces, setting standards for cleanliness and environmental impact.
There were 12 more Sheffield parks that won awards, including the Peace Gardens and Weston Park, and Heeley City Farm was given five community awards for its efforts in the past year.
Coun Teal also said: “I want to thank all the local people who support us in looking after our parks, many of them giving up their time so that others can benefit and enjoy spending time outdoors and in nature.
“We have very passionate Friends Groups in the city and they deserve recognition for the effort they put into their local areas.”
Ecclesall Woods is the longest-running Green Flag holder in the area, having first been given the award in 2006.