THREE Rotherham parks won Green Flag awards — the quality mark for green spaces.
Clifton, Ulley and Greasbrough are among a record-breaking 2,000 UK locations to receive the prestigious prize.
The international award is a sign that a park boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Clifton Park, which was awarded a Green Flag for the tenth consecutive year, also achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the third year running for its management of historic features.
Cllr Sarah Allen, Rotherham Council cabinet member for cleaner, greener communities, said: “We are really delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for not just one of our parks, but three.
“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks to such a high standard.
“Clifton, Greasbrough (below) and Ulley are very popular with families, not only those who live in Rotherham, but many from outside the borough too.
“The award is a tribute to all those working hard to keep everything looking beautiful for visitors and to all of the visitors who take care of the parks when they use them.”
Commenting on Rotherham’s success, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.
“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Rotherham Council has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
Rotherham Town Hall was lit in green to mark the awards, along with many other landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover.
Ulley Country Park, pictured below