Wildflower scheme set to bloom again in Hartlepool

The wildflower scheme is growing more and more popular each year. Here are wildflowers along Coronation Drive in 2016.
The wildflower scheme is growing more and more popular each year. Here are wildflowers along Coronation Drive in 2016.
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A council wildflower scheme is getting ready to blossom again in Hartlepool.

Seven perennial wildflower meadows will be included in Hartlepool Borough Council's popular initiative.

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

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

The new meadows will cover about half a hectare, and have been sown in the Middle Warren area of Hartlepool.

They will bloom every summer.

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

The scheme was launched by the council in 2014 along the A689 leading in and out of the town.

Maritime Avenue awash with colour in 2016.

Maritime Avenue awash with colour in 2016.

It has been extended each summer since because of its popularity.

Coun 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 (three plots)

- A179 Tall Ships (two plots)

- A179 Clavering Park

- A1049 West View Road (four plots)

- Cleveland Road/West View Road junction (two plots)

- A1049 West View Road (opposite Central Park)

- A1049 West View Road (near engine house)

- Merlin Way

- Wiltshire Way

- A179 Marina Way (three plots)

- Masesfield Road

- Burn Valley Gardens

- A178 Coronation Drive (two plots)

- Kilmory Walk

- Rossmere Park (two plots)

- Seaton Carew Park

- A689 Central Reservation

- A689 Claxton Banc lay by

- Greatham Hill View

- Elwick Cross Roads (two plots)

- Irvine/Innes Road

- Dundee Road

- Brenda Road