Cannon Hall celebrates as their park and green spaces wins Green Flag Award

Cannon Hall celebrates as their park and green spaces wins Green Flag Award

Record-breaking year as more than 2,000 green spaces across the country get international quality mark


Today, parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Among them will be Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens in Barnsley which is raising a Green Flag Award for the first time since the Parks for People restoration project began. The almost £4 million project which will see the parklands restored to their former Georgian splendor has been  made possible through the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund and it players.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.

Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens has also achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for its management of the historic features. The accreditation is supported by Historic England.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens has always been a treasured place, right back from its creation in the 1700’s, becoming a public park in the 1950’s, to the present day when visitors regularly come to create special memories.  In recent months the parklands have become more important than ever, for many being a lifeline in difficult times.  The dedicated team there have worked tirelessly to ensure that people not only have a safe experience but an enjoyable one and we are delighted that the gardens and team have been recognised in this way.”

Commenting on Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE 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, Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Tonight Cannon Hall will be joining buildings and landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, going green for parks to celebrate the Parks and Gardens Green Flag Award success and to say a massive thank you to the parks staff, volunteers and the Green Flag Award Judges for all their work this year.