New areas flying flag for green city

Wyming Brook, photographed by reader Les Cornthwaite

Wyming Brook, photographed by reader Les Cornthwaite

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SHEFFIELD this week flagged up its reputation as one of the country’s greenest cities as four more places were added to the list of parks and green spaces receiving national approval.

It picked up four new Green Flag Award for Charnock recreation ground, Manor Fields, Millhouses Park and Wyming Brook.

Sheffield is now the leading authority in Yorkshire and Humberside with 22 Green Flag Awards – the national standard for quality parks and green spaces.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “These four new national awards reinforce Sheffield’s position as one of the UK’s greenest cities. They follow on from the city’s 18 sites that have already received Green Flag status.”

Coun Bramall said that the accolades were the result of the efforts of volunteers, friends’ groups, environmental charities Green Estate and Sheffield Wildlife Trust and council staff.

The Keep Britain Tidy group, which organise the awards, requires winning entries to be welcoming and well maintained with the involvement of the community.

Latest successes reflect the quality of a range of green spaces – from the transformation of land blighted by industrial scale fly-tipping, old mining spoil and housing clearance into a district park at Manor Fields to the more natural glories of Wyming Brook nature reserve that runs down the hillside from Redmires to Rivelin reservoirs.

At Millhouses Park, the friends’ group has been heavily involved in improvements, notably the new water play features. They are now working with Carterknowle and Millhouses Community Group and the council to restore Millhouses Corn Mill for community use.

John Brighton, who chairs the friends, said: “Many people have been involved in making significant improvements to the park over the last few years to make it a better place for everyone. The highly successful partnership working with Sheffield City Council has been a major part of this success.”

Tracey Wilson, of the Charnock Friends’ group, said: “The recreation ground is really well used by the local community and everyone has put a lot of effort into achieving this award, including the local school pupils, who have shown so much enthusiasm to improve the green space at the heart of our community.”

Robert Miller, Sheffield Wildlife Trust’s Living Don Manager, said: “Wyming Brook nature reserve is one of Sheffield’s hidden gems in the Rivelin Valley and is enjoyed by those who are fascinated by its varied flora, fauna and dramatic views in such a peaceful and scenic setting.”