Wyming Brook flying the flag as one of the UK’s best green spaces

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Wyming Brook, by Rob MillerWyming Brook, by Rob Miller

Wyming Brook nature reserve has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best green spaces in the UK.

Managed by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Wyming Brook is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that recently received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Once set aside for the exclusive use of the nobility when it was part of the hunting and hawking grounds of Rivelin Chase, Wyming Brook’s babbling streams, mossy crags and sweet smelling pines are still protected today, as a valuable home to wildlife.

The difference now is that we can all visit and enjoy this little bit of wilderness on the western edge of Sheffield, with easy strolls by the streams or higher, rockier routes with dramatic views of the Rivelin reservoirs and the city beyond.

Part of the Eastern Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), there is an abundance of wildlife at this nature reserve, including the common lutestring and northern spinach moths. It is also home to many kinds of birds, from pine seed eating crossbills to the brown and white dipper which forages for aquatic insects along the fast flowing streams. Other notable summer migrant bird species that can be observed on the nature reserve include redstarts, wood warblers and pied flycatchers.

Rob Miller, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscapes Manager (North), said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the sixth time. We know how much quality green spaces matter, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Wyming Brook to such a high standard.

“We aim to manage Wyming Brook in a sustainable manner that provides valuable habitats for wildlife to thrive, whilst also providing a safe environment for people to visit and enjoy the reserve in many different ways.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

For more information on Wyming Brook click here