Yorkshire In Bloom Gold Award for local park

Elizabethan Manor house and Country Park – Oakwell Hall – has won a seventh Gold Award from Yorkshire in Bloom.

What is Yorkshire in Bloom?

Yorkshire in Bloom is a charity and regional body representing the Britain in Bloom campaign that is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. The Birstall based Oakwell Hall won the Gold award in the tourist attraction category.

Has the park achieved any other awards this year?

This award is the third for the park this year, joining their 15th successive Green Flag Award for excellence in green space management award, and their second successive Green Heritage Award in the trophy cabinet.

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What did the Yorkshire in Bloom’s judges say about the park?

The Yorkshire in Bloom’s judges praised the estates commitment to developing ways to support and engage their 300,000 plus visitors each year, they said: “A friends group, volunteers and a lot of activities for young people both within school visits and at events, go on making the site very busy and exceptional value for money, when costs are compared to visitor numbers. Plans within the council to develop volunteering and cultural offers see the hall and estate well placed for the future.”

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What is there to do at the park?

Recent developments at the visitor attraction have included a new mountain biking trail, constructed with the co-operation of a number of local groups, and new information boards in the hall itself.

Cllr Rob Walker Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment said:

“We could not keep achieving these awards without the dedication of the whole team at Oakwell, particularly our volunteers who work so hard in all weathers to help maintain and develop the park and gardens.

A special mention should go to our Friends Group too, who have supported Oakwell for over 31 years now and continue to support our busy events programme, as well as providing invaluable financial assistance with new park developments.”

One comment

  • Excellent to see that the Park has been successful. As a regular visitor, twice a week with my grandchildren in a pram, bearing in mind the number of visitors, KMC need to allocate some financial resources to reinstate the paths that have had their gravel washed away, due to recent heavy rains and to ensure they are kept clean of grass. In the growing season some paths had grass almost covering the entire width.
    The workers and volunteers do an excellent but they and the Park would benefit from further support from KMC.

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