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Wildflowers set to blossom again

Published June 16, 2017 10.53am

A popular wildflower planting scheme is to return to County Durham this summer.

Man pouring a bag of seeds into a piece of machinery
Gardener Aidan McCabe prepares wildlfower seeds for planting

Various species of annual and perennial wildflowers have been sown on roundabouts and highway verges as part of our annual wildflower planting scheme.

The attractive creations, courtesy of our Clean and Green teams, include annuals such as pretty poppies and colourful cornflowers, as well as perennials such as oxeye daisies and scabious.

The flowers, which attracted acclaim from residents and visitors to the county in 2015 and 2016, provide a beautiful burst of colour and are also perfect habitats for precious pollinators such as bees and butterflies.



Where to spot wildflowers

The wildflower displays for 2017 can be seen at the following locations:

  • Chester-le-Street Riverside
  • West Auckland bypass
  • Town Recreation Park, Bishop Auckland
  • Pity Me roundabout, A167
  • Sniperley Park roundabout, Durham
  • Sniperley roundabout, A167, Durham
  • Spennymoor bypass (section of central reservation)
  • A689/A177 roundabout and section of roadside verge, Sedgefield
  • Middleton-in-Teesdale - walled garden area on entrance to St Mary's Church in conjunction with 'Middleton-in-Teesdale in Bloom'
  • A19 roundabout, Peterlee
  • A167 Cock of the North, Neville's Cross (grassed area to the front of the nearby apartment block)
  • Langley Park to Kaysburn roundabout (section of roadside verge)
  • A692 Consett at the junction with Genesis Way
  • A693 Oxhill, Stanley (section of grass verges opposite Eden Terrace)
  • A693 Beamish roundabout and part of adjacent roadside verge
  • A689/A68 roundabout west of Crook
  • A167/B6444 roundabout and verges, Newton Aycliffe
  • A689 roundabout, Canney Hill

Weather dependent, the wildflowers are expected to be in full bloom during August.

Positive feedback

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Local Partnerships, said: "We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback received during the last two years of the wildflower planting scheme. A range of people; from residents, members of the public, visitors and commuters passed on their compliments at how attractive the wildflowers were, so we're thrilled to announce the flowers will return for a third consecutive summer."

Oliver Sherratt, Head of Direct Services, added: "The wildflower schemes are not only attractive and beneficial to the natural environment, they also help us to reduce maintenance costs.

"The wildflowers at Durham, Chester-le-Street and Stanley also form part of the council's entry into the regional Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northumbria in Bloom competition so we hope the flowers delight both members of the public and the RHS judges."

More information about the wildflower planting scheme is available at Wild flowers

For details on the RHS Northumbria in Bloom campaign, visit County Durham In Bloom or follow Durham City's progress on Facebook at Durham in Bloom on Facebook