77 Green Flag Awards for Parks and Canals in Yorkshire


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77 Green Flag Awards for Parks and Canals in Yorkshire

In October this year a total of 2,127 green spaces in the UK received the Green Flag status, 77 of these coveted titles are in Yorkshire, a recognition that shows Yorkshire has more parks with the Green Flag Status than the whole of Scotland and North East of England.

The prestigious award of Green Flag Status sets the bar for the management of recreational outdoor areas across the UK and all over the world. Research for Keep Britain Tidy found having access to a quality park or green space helped improve people’s mental health with 59% saying they felt less stressed when using the park and 55% saying they felt more positive in general.

This tremendous result endorses Yorkshire as a destination not only to visit, but also to work, live and study. In North Yorkshire, the University of York Campus Heslington West & Heslington East are on the list as well as Rowntree Park in York and Falsgrave Park in Scarborough.

In East Yorkshire, Pearson Park and East Park in Hull received the coveted award. In South Yorkshire, The Botanical Gardens and Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield have been given a Green Flag award. As have Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve in Barnsley, Cusworth Park and Sandall Park in Doncaster, and Clifton Park in Rotherham. In West Yorkshire, Golden Acre Park and Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds have been acknowledged with a Green Flag award, plus Beaumont Park in Huddersfield and Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield.

Established 25 years ago, the Green Flag Award scheme highlights and rewards the most well maintained parks and green spaces.

The incentive behind the scheme is:

- To make sure everyone has access to cared for green and other open spaces, no matter where they live.

- To make sure that these spaces are taken care of, managed and meet the needs of the communities they serve.

- To achieve standards of good management.

- To encourage and highlight good practice amongst the green space sector.

- To reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers of these green spaces and parks.

To celebrate our fantastic parks the public is being asked to vote for their favourite award-winning park in the UK. With 77 locations in Yorkshire to choose from, we are spoilt for choice but to vote for your favourite, simply find it on the winners’ map link below and click the vote button.


Voting is now open and closes on 14th November 2021, with the top ten winning sites announced at a virtual awards ceremony on the 23rd November 2021.

Which Yorkshire parks have been awarded a Green Flag status?

Below is a list of the parks and green spaces in the Yorkshire and Humber region that are Green Flag Award winners.

North Yorkshire

Ripon Canal

Clarence Gardens, York

Rawcliffe Country Park, York

Rowntree Park, York

West Bank Park, York

Selby Canal

University of York Campus Heslington West and Heslington East


East Riding of Yorkshire & Humber

Glen Gardens, Filey

East Park, Hull

Pearson Park, Hull

Falsgrave Park, Scarborough

Glen and Crescent Gardens, Filey

Pannett Park, Whitby

Peasholm Park, Scarborough

Pocklington Canal


South Yorkshire

Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens, Barnsley

Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, Barnsley

Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park, Barnsley

Bentley Park, Doncaster

Campsall Country Park, Doncaster

Cusworth Park, Doncaster

Quarry Park, Doncaster

Sandall Park, Doncaster

Manor Fields Park, Sheffield

Sheffield Park

Woodlands Memorial Park and Crematorium, Doncaster

Clifton Park, Rotherham

Greasbrough Park, Rotherham

Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield

Ulley Country Park, Sheffield

Wyming Brook Nature Reserve, Sheffield

Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood, Sheffield

Devonshire Green, Sheffield

Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield

Firth Heritage Park, Sheffield

Meersbrook Park, Sheffield

Millhouses Park, Sheffield

Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield

Peace Gardens, Sheffield

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Winter Garden

Tinsley Green, Sheffield

Weston Park, Sheffield

Wheata Woods, Sheffield



West Yorkshire

Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Halifax

Shibden Estate, Calderdale

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leeds

Rochdale Canal

Central Park, Keighley

Cliffe Castle Park, Keighley

Harold Park, Bradford

Lister Park, Bradford

Peel Park, Bradford

Roberts Park, Shipley

Almondbury Hill Fort - Castle Hill, Huddersfield

Beaumont Park, Huddersfield

Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury

Greenhead Park Huddersfield

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Batley

Wilton Park, Batley

Golden Acre Park, Leeds

Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Middleton Park, Leeds

Otley Chevin Country Park

Pudsey Park, Leeds

Roundhay Park, Leeds

Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds

Darwin Gardens Millennium Green, Ilkley

University of Bradford Main Campus

Anglers Country Park, Wakefield

Haw Park Wood, Wakefield

Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield


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