ELSECAR Park and Local Nature Reserve is celebrating after winning a Green Flag for the 15th year in a row.

The award recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for other sites across the UK.

Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said: “I’m very pleased to see Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve receiving another Green Flag award.

“Elsecar Park continues to be a family favourite and a big thanks must go to all our staff, and the Friends of Elsecar Park, who put in so much time and effort to make it the park it is.”

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens has also retained its Green Flag status.

The park has undergone a massive transformation in last few years, receiving £3.8m in investment - £2.9m of which came from the Heritage Lottery Fund - which has seen a number of new features added.

Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have such stunning landscapes right her on our doorstep in Barnsley.

“Cannon Hall parklands is a fine example of breath taking Yorkshire scenery.

“It has everything from a pre-Raphaelite fairyland, walled gardens, trails, icehouse, woodlands, historic pear collections and even boats on the lake.

“Another of its outstanding features is the hall, nestled in the gardens it transports people back to a time of Georgian splendour and is absolutely free to enter.”