Hartlepool gardeners’ wild idea is a blooming success

Wild flowers on Coronation Drive, Hartlepool.
Wild flowers on Coronation Drive, Hartlepool.

Council gardeners have gone wild to turn Hartlepool into a blooming success.

Hartlepool Borough Council launched a wild flower planting programme last year along the A689 which leads in and out of the town.

Wild flowers at the junction of the A179 and the Coast Road, Hartlepool.

Wild flowers at the junction of the A179 and the Coast Road, Hartlepool.

It has grown to be such a success that it has now been extended to include areas across Hartlepool.

Council environmental workers have planted several species including cornflower, larkspur and tickseed and say it has proven to be a huge success.

Councillor Marjorie James, chair of the council’s Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee, said: “We trialed the wild flower planting scheme last year along the A689 approach road into Hartlepool.

“It was very well received by local residents and people visiting the town so we decided to extend the planting to various locations this year.

Wild flowers at the junction of the A179 and the Coast Road, Hartlepool.

Wild flowers at the junction of the A179 and the Coast Road, Hartlepool.

“The council works very hard to make best use of its limited resources to make the town as attractive as possible and once again we’ve received some really positive feedback which is pleasing.

“There are several species including cornflower, larkspur and tickseed and now that they are in full bloom they have really enhanced the town.

“Planting schemes like this have other environmental benefits as they play their part in helping to protect honeybees, butterflies and other insects.”

The full list of sites were A689 Central Reservation, A689 Claxton Bank lay-by, Rossmere Park, Masefield Road, Burn Valley Gardens, Coronation Drive, Marina Way, Cleveland Road, West View Road, Clavering Play Park, A 179 and Hart Village.

Carol Wallace with her Grandson Christian Liddle (7) alongside the wild flowers that run along Marina Way. Picture by FRANK REID

Carol Wallace with her Grandson Christian Liddle (7) alongside the wild flowers that run along Marina Way. Picture by FRANK REID

Wild flowers that run along Marina Way. Picture by FRANK REID

Wild flowers that run along Marina Way. Picture by FRANK REID