Sheffield enhanced its reputation as the country’s greenest city as it scooped a number of awards again for its parks and green spaces.
Sheffield is one of the leading authorities in the Yorkshire and Humberside region with 22 Green Flag Awards - the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.
Fourteen sites retained the coveted Green Flag status again this year: 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 and Wyming Brook.
Heeley City Farm, Kettlebridge Doorstep Green, Meersbrook Park Walled Garden, Devon Gardens, Charnock Recreation Ground, Grenoside Green and Firth Park Community Allotment also retained their Community Green Flag status and are joined this year by Wortley Hall Walled Garden.
If anyone would like to join a local Friends Group or set up a new one for their local green space they should contact us.
The 14 Green Flag Award winning sites are:
Congratulations also go to the city's 8 Community Green Flag Award winners:
Charnock Recreation Ground
The Green Flag Award scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, the National Housing Federation and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. The consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of Communities and Local Government (CLG).
Green Flag Award recognises well managed, high quality green spaces. Any green space is eligible to win this award providing visitors can enter free of charge. Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts. The scheme was set up in 1996.
In 2013 1,534 parks and green spaces have been awarded the Green Flag and Community Award.
Green Flag’s vision is that by 2020, 50 per cent of green spaces in England and Wales will be of Green Flag standard – a staggering 15,000 sites.