Get involved in our parks and green spaces

There are lots of ways you can get outdoors and enjoy our parks and green spaces. 

We have a lot of parks across our borough, that have a range of facilities. Take a look at the free activities in our parks this summer for you and your families to get involved in.

Love Parks Week

In association with Keep Britain Tidy, we'll be taking part in Love Parks Week to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy green spaces around Barnsley.

Love Parks Week takes place from Friday 29 July to Thursday 5 August. Throughout the week we'll be celebrating Barnsley’s parks and green spaces on Facebook and Twitter and showcasing the variety of parks across our borough.

We’re encouraging everyone to get involved by creating Twisted themed sculptures and land art using natural materials including leaves, stones, and twigs. We’ve provided resources and frames in Elsecar Park, Locke Park, Thurnscoe Park, and Wilthorpe Park but why not take the challenge one step further and get creative in your local park.

Activity sheets and animal bingo will be provided in all our parks including Cannon Hall and Worsbrough Mill.

For more information email

Park Pic Photography stands

Our photography lovers can also enjoy taking photos using our new ‘Park Pic’ stands. Our Park Pic stands have been put up in eight locations including:

  • Elsecar Park
  • Wombwell park (near the main entrance)
  • Lundhill Park (at the top of the park
  • Wombwell (looking over the Hillies tree plantation)
  • Locke Park (looking down towards the bandstand).

 Please share your photos of land art on our social media pages with #ParkPic to show your support for your local parks. You can also send your photos to

Volunteering in our parks

Our countryside rangers carry out maintenance on 35 countryside sites, and 450 miles of public rights of way. Our sites vary from fishing ponds through to nature reserves, canals and disused railway lines.

They are experienced in a wide range of skills, such as dry stone walling, footbridge building, access management, habitat conservation and general maintenance.

Volunteer countryside rangers

Our volunteer countryside rangers are the 'eyes and ears' of the local public, letting us know about the good (and bad) things happening on our sites when we can't be there.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer ranger, email and we'll guide you through the process.

There are a range of volunteering opportunities across our parks and green spaces. You can find out more about volunteering in Barnsley here.

Volunteering can include:

  • park maintenance
  • tidy-ups
  • woodland management
  • dry stone walling
  • bench installation
  • horticulture
  • caring for livestock

Volunteering also gives you the chance to learn new skills, meet new people and become more active. You'll also be making a difference in protecting our beautiful borough.

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Go discover trails

Go Discover Trails 2022

We want to try and help you stay active and encourage you to explore our beautiful parks and green spaces by getting out and about to find as many animals as you can.

This year, the Go Discover Trails will be running from Monday 1 August until Monday 5 September.

Share photos of you and your family enjoying the trails with us on social media using the hashtag #WhatsYourMove for a chance to win a Barnsley Gift Card!

Find out more about Go discover trails