Find out about our wild flower planting scheme in County Durham.
Colourful floral displays
Our popular wild flowers were in full bloom last summer. After attracting a huge amount of positive feedback about the array of multi-coloured displays on roundabouts and verges in 2015, the scheme was rolled out to additional sites throughout the county.
Where were the wild flowers - summer 2016?
- 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
- A1018 roundabout and verges, Seaham Grange
- Trimdon Foundry - verge from Deaf Hill Cemetery leading into the village and area at Sycamore Crescent in conjunction with 'Trimdon Foundry in Bloom'
- A167 Cock of the North, Neville's Cross (grass area to the front of the nearby apartment block)
- Hallgarth Street roundabout, Durham City
- Langley Park to Kaysburn roundabout (section of roadside verge)
- A692 Consett (section of roadside verge from retail park roundabout going towards The Grove)
- A693 Oxhill, Stanley (section of grass verges opposite Eden Terrace)
- A693 Beamish roundabout and part of adjacent roadside verge
- Framwellgate Waterside, Durham city
What type of flowers?
The vibrant creations, courtesy of our Clean and Green teams, included various species of wild flowers and herbaceous plants. Annuals such as pretty poppies and colourful cornflowers and popular perennial plants such as oxeye daisies and scabious were also in bloom.
Not only were the wild flowers eye-catching and provided a beautiful splash of colour, they were also haven habitats for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Wild flower planting scheme - summer 2017
The existing wild flower sites will be assessed and we will review further suitable wild flower sites for this summer.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northumbria in Bloom
The wild flowers in Durham City form part of the entry into the RHS Northumbria in Bloom competition. In 2016 Durham City scooped Gold and overall category winner of 'Champion of Champions' in Northumbria in Bloom and also won Gold in Britain in Bloom.
The schemes at Chester-le-Street and Stanley also form part of the towns' entries into the RHS Northumbria in Bloom competition. Last year Chester-le-Street won a Silver Gilt and overall category winner in the Large Town category and Stanley secured Silver for only their second year of entry in the Town category.
If you have any queries or questions about our wild flower planting scheme, please contact us.