Harlow Town Park

Harlow Town Park, designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe and opened in 1957. It covers 164 acres and includes Water, Newfoundland, Specimen, Sensory and Walled Gardens, the Stort Valley Meadows and Peace Wood, plus Pets' Corner and Spurriers House, built in the 1860’s. Annual events include Harlow Council’s Town Fireworks display, fairs and circuses on the Showground and bands and concerts on the outdoor bandstand. There is also a Skate Park, adventure playground and paddling pool.

Harlow Town park restoration

Harlow Council received a grant of £1.83m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), which will pave the way for the £2.8m restoration of Harlow Town Park, as follows:

  • Conservation of Spurriers House including turning the ground floor into a new café.
  • Improvements and repairs to Pets’ Corner, including a new covered events shelter and a stand-alone education centre.
  • Improvements and upgrades to the Bandstand.
  • Restoration and conservation of the park’s Water Gardens.
  • Renewed and new pathways, seating, viewing points and improved signage across the park.
  • Horticultural improvements and restoration of various garden and wooded areas across the park.

With a number of attractions for all the family, Harlow Town Park is the ideal place for adults and children to take leisurely strolls, experience the natural wildlife and relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

March 2015 Heritage Lottery Fund update

Landscaping work is now happening in the following areas of the Park:

  • Water Garden - removal of cobbled surfaces ready for replacement with new cobbles; draining of ponds ready for desilting of ponds;
  • Rhododendron Dell - creation of planting beds. Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Hydrangeas being planted;
  • Specimen Gardens - creation of new path from Park Lane entrance near to stream to Fifth Avenue, which will allow pedestrian access direct to the Park from the Town Centre;
  • Showground - new footpath being created from entrance off Fifth Avenue to Edinburgh Way and link to Pets Corner.

Look out for the daffodils and crocuses that are appearing across the Park.

Water Gardens desilting - please note work is scheduled to start on Monday 23 March 2015 and will last until Friday 17 April 2015. There are some path closures to enable these works to happen so please follow the diversion signs.

Pets Corner is closed for building works; there is still public access to the paddocks and fields. 

Volunteers every Thursday have been removing ivy off the bridge crossing the Newfoundland Garden and have planted up one of the entrances to the park off Park Lane. 

Two events were held in February - a guided walk on Birds of the Town Park attracted 11 people, and 15 people attended a Bat Box making event with the Essex Bat Group – these boxes will be erected across the park in mid-April. 

Further information on all of these matters can be obtained from Mike Levett, Education & Volunteer officer on 01279 446834 or mike.levett@harlow.gov.uk


For details of events happening in the Town Park please see the events calendar


There are several pay and display car parks located around the Town Park.

Get involved

There are some really exciting opportunities available for people who want to volunteer at the Town Park. With improvements to the park underway, which are part-funded by HLF and the BIG under its Parks for People programme, now is an ideal time to come and join volunteer groups working to improve the park for local people to enjoy. Town Park volunteer leaflet (pdf)

  • Town Park volunteers
    Come and join the volunteers helping out with gardening and horticultural work at the Town Park. No previous experience is necessary – just an interest in working outdoors and plenty of enthusiasm is required. Tools, equipment and training are provided and in some cases travel expenses can be paid for. Volunteer events are held every Thursday from 10am-2pm. You can also volunteer at other Town Park events and activities. Volunteering work of this kind can provide you with a good deal of experience, particularly if you are looking to work in horticulture, nature conservation or park management.
  • Town Park Users Group
    If you are interested in making a positive contribution towards the ongoing management and development of the Park ;then why not join the Town Park Users Group? The group meets every quarter on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Education Centre at Pets Corner. New members are always welcome. Town Park Users Group website Please contact Mike Ruocco on 01279 425595 or email: michele.ruocco@btinternet.com
  • Pets Corner volunteering and Friends
    Pets Corner offers many volunteering opportunities including working with the animals, helping with events, in the gift shop or becoming a Friend of Pets Corner. Volunteering can be for a few hours or a whole day and the Friends welcome new members over 18. More information on Pets Corner volunteers and Friends

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