Wildflowers to blossom in Peterlee this summer

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

Various species of annual and perennial wildflowers have been sown on roundabouts and highway verges as part of Durham County Council’s annual wildflower planting scheme.

The attractive creations, courtesy of the council’s 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.

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.

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 at Durham County Council, 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.”