Floral verges full of wildflowers are adding colour all across Harlow

Communities / Fri 28th Jul 2023 at 07:16am

COLOURFUL floral verges full of wildflowers, which are coming to life around the town, are all part of one of Harlow Council’s priorities – restoring pride in the town. 

A joint initiative between Harlow Council and its maintenance company HTS has seen the number of floral verges doubled around the town to 8 following successful trial projects held in recent years. Floral verges are in the following areas: 

  • A414 Mark Hall roundabout 
  • Church Langley 
  • Howard Way
  • Mark Hall Park/First Avenue
  • Potter Street 
  • Second Avenue – opposite Leisurezone
  • Southern Way – Longbanks
  • Third avenue
  • Water Lane

Councillor Nicky Purse, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said: 

“It is great that the floral verges are currently blooming with colour as we work hard on many different projects to restore pride in our town. The verges help enhance biodiversity by encouraging a wider range of wildlife including bees and other pollinators and so also help improve the natural environment.

“I know that that the verges are popular photo locations with residents who have been sharing images on social media and talking about the difference seeing these wildflowers in bloom make to the town.” 

The council is planning several new planting projects around the town in housing estates and other areas as part of its work to restore pride in Harlow. 

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18 Comments for Floral verges full of wildflowers are adding colour all across Harlow:

David Carter
2023-07-28 07:54:20

Driving round Harlow seeing these wild flower beds is quite special Also seeing our roundabouts becoming pristine also shows our town is on the up Please keep it up

Bruce Downey
2023-07-28 08:16:50

Congratulations.. 👏 only criticism should be less foreign and more native wildflowers..🇬🇧🌻🌸🌼

Stacy Seales
2023-07-28 08:55:39

It is incredible how therapeutic flowers one feel, they are not only beautiful to look at, or smell, but have a unique way in bringing together a sense of pride to those who cultivate them and the on lookers who admire them. Cllr Nicky Purse and the team are doing an amazing job. Thank you all for the dedication in restoring pride via our environment. The hardwork is visible and making Harlow looking better.

David Forman
2023-07-28 09:10:07

I was the admiring the wild flower beds on Southern Way the other evening. Councillor Nicky Purse and the dedicated HTS gardeners are delivering something nice for the town. The council just needs to pay the HTS gardeners better wages and try listening to their views in future equipment procurement exercises.

2023-07-28 10:15:39


Patsy Hughes
2023-07-28 10:32:20

They are glorious. So uplifting.

Guy Flegman
2023-07-28 11:37:51

They look great, but what has gone wrong in potter street. They looked excellent last year, but this year looks more like weeds.

Alderman Durcan
2023-07-28 13:00:56

Very typical that somehow the Tories take all the praise about something the Labour administration introduced when in charge. We agreed the pilot project and then the roll out of this initiative. Several ex Tory councillors provided support to enable this to occur. The new world order ,everything negative blame anyone else,anything positive take the credit. No wonder no one trust politicians. I agree this was a brilliant idea and it’s made a difference.

Nogin the nog
2023-07-28 13:59:08

Thay are very lovely a joy to see

2023-07-28 14:07:16

Lovely to see them blooming, not a political statement just nature at its best

Jason Fryer
2023-07-28 14:30:47

Would love to get these on the green outside my flat block - years ago the rose beds were dug up when the council got rid of all the gardeners

Ferlipe Ferlop
2023-07-28 14:31:23

Drove down First Avenue from the stow and just after the speed camera moving towards to the church is a lovely long row of natural wild flowers, looks great.

Not my King
2023-07-28 20:40:39

Only 12 comments eh? Expected to see more.

Gil Norris
2023-07-29 08:49:06

Lovely flower beds ,pitty the brambles along side pavements are not trimmed ,especially those at eye height. I have complained twice to Harlow council regarding this danger to eyesight ,however nothing has been done. I agree the flower beds look great but without eyesight they can't be fully enjoyed if at all . Things are being neglected in favour of the cosmetic appearances on the.main routes in town. In the areas that are not seen it is disgraceful ro see all the overgrown foliage blocking pavements and the dangerous overgrown blackberries and the like.

Not my King
2023-07-29 09:01:15

FAO: Gil Norris. Trim what you can and deliver it to the Civic Centre in a box with a note. Worked for me with flytipped items after Tort Notice wad issued and ignored. Only took another six months after that. Good luck.

Catherine Bilsland
2023-07-29 09:26:43

They are very nice but as people are saying lots of things are overgrown where people with visual impairment wheelchair users and walkers have to endure let’s hope these get addressed ASAP

2023-07-29 11:30:44

Great to see, good for the insects and it’s about time we caught up with many other towns in the country…now let’s expand it further.👍

2023-07-29 22:04:51

Beautiful, much appreciated.

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