Today, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is revealing the names of the 2,127 parks and green spaces across the UK that have collected a coveted Green Flag Award for 2021 as the scheme celebrates 25 years as the international quality mark for parks.
Elsecar Park and Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is celebrating after winning a Green Flag for the 14th year in a row.
Elsecar Park attracts many visitors looking for a place to relax, play sports and visit with family and friends. The park has over 18 hectares including a Tee Pot café, smoke-free play area, local nature reserve and reservoir. Our park is also home to a well-used bandstand, terraced gardens and picnic area, and much loved crazy golf. Elsecar Reservoir Local Nature Reserve (LNR) one of the borough’s natural heritage sites is a popular spot for anglers, bird watchers and walkers with links to the Trans Pennine Trail.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transportation) said: “I am delighted that Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve has received another award.
“It’s lovely to see people using our green spaces and enjoying the beautiful attractions of our borough. Elsecar Park has been a welcome green space for many visitors through the Covid pandemic, and its use and popularity it a testament to the hard work of the Parks team, our Friends & Volunteers and Café staff, working together over all these years to develop the site. We would like to thank them for their dedication to maintaining the park and keeping it a much-loved family favourite”.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “As Green Flag Award celebrates 25 years of raising the standard, Keep Britain Tidy is delighted to be the custodian of a scheme that does so much to ensure our parks and green spaces go from strength to strength.
“At a time when parks have been at the heart of every community across the country it is perhaps not surprising that 95% of the public thinks that their local parks and green spaces need to be protected.“This is why the Green Flag Award is so important. It ensures that parks and green spaces are managed to the highest standards and are safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to the next 25 years.”
The Green Flag Award Scheme managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom.