The RSPB at Old Moor has secured a clutch of awards as part of the National Renaissance Waterways Awards run by The Waterways Trust and BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association).

The Dearne Valley was the winner in the recreation and tourism category - Old Moor attracts over 100,000 visitors a year and 43,000 visitors annually use the Trans Pennine Trail in the Dearne Valley. Other attractions include the nearby Manvers Waterfront watersports centre, a bike hire scheme. Facilitates for disabled people to go cycling and plans for a mountain bike centre are proposed for the future.

The Dearne Valley Green Heart partnership, involving the three local authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, the Environment Agency, Natural England and RSPB, were also winners in the Flood Risk Management category - for the innovative combination of creating new places for nature, improved access and flood storage areas.

They were runners up in the Natural Environment category - a massive achievement for an area once "the most despoiled area in Europe"  - and commended in the Partnership working category for their collaborative working with a range of partners and stakeholders to deliver the aims and objectives of the Dearne Valley Green Heart. ** Picture Shows Local MP John Healey, leader of Rotherham MBC Roger Stone and Leader of Barnsley MBC Steve Houghton. **