Thirteen of Sheffield City Council’s parks and woodlands have again received national recognition at the Green Flag Awards, retaining the highest number of flags in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Green spaces across Sheffield and in the city centre are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space is accessible, boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Firth Heritage Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood, Devonshire Green, Peace Gardens, Sheffield Winter Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Weston Park, Meersbrook Park, Millhouses Park, Ecclesall Woods, Wheata Woods and Tinsley Green have all retained their quality status and will proudly fly the Green Flag as a symbol of the excellent standards maintained within the parks.
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said:
“Once again I’m thrilled that Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Sheffield such a high number of Green Flag awards for our beautiful parks and green spaces across the city.
“As one of the greenest cities in Europe it’s no surprise that Sheffield tops the table in Yorkshire and the Humber for these awards. Green spaces are on the doorstep wherever you live in Sheffield and we’re proud to maintain such high standards so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.
“Despite the budget pressures faced by the council we’re still investing in parks and maintaining service standards at a very high level. This week we officially reopen the playground at one of the city’s most-loved parks, Norfolk Heritage Park, where we’ve invested £275,000 to complete major transformation works at the site.
“These awards clearly demonstrate our commitment to improving and protecting Sheffield’s parks for the benefit of our local communities, and the many thousands of visitors who come to experience life here in The Outdoor City.”
As well as attracting those who enjoy outdoor leisure activities, Sheffield’s parks play host to many popular events and festivals, raising the city’s profile nationally and internationally. The British Bouldering Championships (part of Cliffhanger Festival) and the screening of last week’s World Cup semi-final were held at Devonshire Green, Music in the Gardens and Art in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens and this weekend Tramlines Festival moves to Hillsborough Park with up to 40,000 people expected to attend, plus fringe events hosted in both the Peace Gardens and Devonshire Green.
Two further Green Flags were also awarded to Manor Fields (submitted by Green Estate) and Wyming Brook Nature Reserve (submitted by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust).
Green Flag Community Awards were also awarded to Grenoside Green (applied for by Friends of Grenoside Green) Firth Park Community Allotment, Heeley City Farm, Norfolk Park Community Garden, Wortley Hall Walled Garden (all applied for by Heeley City Farm) and Meersbrook Community Walled Garden (applied for by Meersbrook Park Users Trust).
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, health and safety, sustainability, heritage and community involvement.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”
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For more information about the Green Flag awards visit the website at http://greenflagaward.org/