FOUR parks in the region have been given a national award today, recognising them as high quality green spaces.
Cusworth Park, Thrybergh Country Park, Rosehill Victoria Park and Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve have all been given the Green Flag Award - which celebrates well-managed, high-quality green areas.
It is the second year in a row Cusworth Park has been awarded the top status.
The places who have been granted the award will be given special flags to let visitors know of their new status, which will be handed out next week as part of Love Parks Week.
Communities Minister Andrew Stunell, said: “Great parks and green spaces have a huge impact on communities, providing places to play and relax as well as bringing generations together in a variety of ways.
“They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages, and the Green Flag Award scheme seeks to help raise the standards of them all.
“The many excellent stories coming from the scheme prove what communities and volunteers can achieve by working together with professionals in our green spaces.”
Nationally 1,424 were granted the Green Flag Award.
For more information on the award go to www.greenflagaward.org.uk.