The Green Flag Award Scheme has recognised Barnsley's very own Elsecar Park as one of the best green spaces for the eleventh year running. Elsecar Park is among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that has received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Park staff, volunteers and Friends of groups have maintained the park and nature reserve to provide facilities for all of the family. The park and nature reserve has something for everyone and boasts the Tee Cup café, reservoir and a fantastic smoke-free play area.
A recent innovative project turned the old sandpit into a cycle track for children to complement the cycle hire scheme, in partnership with Cycle Penistone CIC, where old bikes are restored and hired out for others to enjoy.
Councillor Jenney Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We are privileged to receive our eleventh Green Flag Award and for Elsecar Park to be recognised as one of the best parks in the country. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication of our Parks Services team and volunteers for their hard work that goes into maintaining Elsecar Park to such a high standard for our communities to enjoy. I would encourage everyone to get involved with volunteering opportunities at a local park.
“My favourite childhood memory of a local park is seeing the rose garden. The flowers always looked and smelt beautiful, and there was always a brass band playing wonderful music on a Sunday afternoon.”
The award has been announced during Love Parks Week which takes place from 13 to 20 July. Throughout the week, Barnsley Council will be celebrating Barnsley’s parks and green spaces on Facebook and Twitter and is encouraging residents to share their favourite memories from their local parks using the hashtag #LoveParksWeek.