VIDEO: Popular wildflower planting programme extended

Published Wednesday, 10th May 2017

HARTLEPOOL Borough Council’s acclaimed wildflower scheme has been extended again in 2017 to include seven perennial wildflower meadows.

The new meadows – covering around half a hectare – have been sown in the Middle Warren area of the town and will bloom every summer.

Perennial wildflowers

Councillor Marjorie James is pictures with Fraser Skells, from Lubbe and Sons Bulbs Ltd, at the planting of a perennial wildflower meadow.

The perennial sites are in addition to 37 locations of annual wildflower meadows which are currently being planted across Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council launched the wildflower planting scheme in 2014 along the A689 leading in and out of the town.

Since then it has proved to be so successful that Council bosses have decided to extend it each summer to give more people the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful array of flowers.

Wildflowers along Coronation Drive.

Wildflowers in full bloom along Coronation Drive in 2016.

Councillor Marjorie James, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee said: “The wildflower planting scheme has been so well received by local residents and people visiting the town that we have decided to extend the planting again this year.

“In 2016, the amazing displays of wildflowers proved to be one of the main talking points throughout the town and I’m sure it will be no different this summer.

“The Council works very hard to make best use of its limited resources to make the town as attractive as possible and the establishment of perennial wildflower meadows will have further environmental benefits as they will play their part in helping to protect honey bees, butterflies and other insects.”

In 2017, annual wildflower meadows will be located in the following areas:

  • Hart Village South View
  • Hart churchyard
  • A179 Hart East (3 plots)
  • A179 Tall Ships (2 plots)
  • A179 Clavering Park
  • A1049 West View Road (4 plots)
  • Cleveland Road/West View Road junction (2 plots)
  • A1049 West View Road (opposite Central Park)
  • A1049 West View Road (near engine house)
  • Merlin Way
  • Wiltshire Way
  • A179 Marina Way (3 plots)
  • Masesfield Road
  • Burn Valley Gardens
  • A178 Coronation Drive (2 plots)
  • Kilmory Walk
  • Rossmere Park (2 plots)
  • Seaton Carew Park
  • A689 Central Reservation
  • A689 Claxton Banc lay by
  • Greatham Hill View
  • Elwick Cross Roads (2 plots)
  • Irvine/Innes Road
  • Dundee Road
  • Brenda Road