A 30-mile stretch of the Chesterfield Canal has gained a Green Flag Award in recognition of its importance to the local community.
Cared for by waterways and wellbeing charity Canal and River Trust, the canal stretch to be recognised in this year’s awards is from Kiveton Park to West Stockwith, and it joins the 14-mile section from Stockwith to Retford that gained the award last year.
Judges noted that the towpath and water present an ideal place for walkers, joggers, nature enthusiasts and boaters to enjoy, and highlighted the impressive levels of maintenance of the locks, bridges and other structures and features.
They also commended the many volunteers who are involved in looking after the canal.
Mike Marshall, customer operations manager at the Trust said: “We know that canals improve the wellbeing of those who visit and we’re thrilled that another stretch of the Chesterfield Canal has been recognised with a Green Flag Award, highlighting how important this waterway is for the local community, visitors, and wildlife.
“Everyone who volunteers or donates is helping to make our waterways such special places where people can come to boost their wellbeing, so we thank them all for their continued support.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd added: “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.
“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy.”