Four of Rotherham’s green spaces have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being one of the very best in the UK.
Rother Valley Country Park collected its first Green Flag Award alongside Clifton, Greasbrough and Ulley parks that last week received one of the coveted awards – the mark of a quality park or green space.
It is a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, with Rotherham joining 2,127 UK parks and green spaces celebrating success today.
This international award, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Clifton Park also celebrates achieving Green Heritage Site Accreditation for its management of the historic features for the fourth year running. The park is only one of five Yorkshire sites to be awarded the prestigious title.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor David Sheppard said: “We are really delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for not just one of our parks, but four. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents, this is especially true over the last 18 months that has seen parks become lockdown lifelines, playing a vital role for people as places to breathe, relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.
“The news that another of the borough’s green spaces have achieved the Green Flag Award standard is testament to the hard work and dedication of those who look after these wonderful assets for us all to enjoy.”
Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Rother Valley, Clifton, Greasbrough and Ulley parks worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
“To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that the spaces have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”