Over £120,000 has been spent on improvements in the Dearne Valley Park area over the winter.

The 'Growth Point' funding came from the government in lieu of the increase in housing expected locally over the next few years and was awarded to Dearne Valley Park for a series of recreational and wildlife improvements .

There has been woodland planting near Cundy Cross, path improvements around the main fishing lake at Hoyle Mill and a new family fun trail (orienteering for beginners) added.

Other projects which are now in place include:

a dry section of the disused canal has had a new water connection to allow occasional 'rewetting' to aid amphibians; new display boards explaining the improvements (main car park area) and the history of the disused canal system in the park (Twibell Street canal area); improvements to public paths off Lord Street and near Cherry Tree Nursing Home; opening up sections of the River Dearne to informal fishing; new woodland plantations in Monk Bretton and Cundy Cross (three in total); a new artificial otter holt.

New self-guided walks indicated by waymarking posts (new leaflets, funded separately, will be available on the evening which include the new routes).