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.

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.

Town Park HLF restoration update April 2015

Landscaping work by Blakedown is occurring at:

  • Water Garden - desilting of ponds until 17 April; some path closures due to these works;
  • Rhododendron Dell - Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Hydrangeas planted and area turfed;
  • Specimen Gardens and Showground - first stage of new paths completed;
  • Spurriers Core - tree and shrub removal around Walled Garden. Replacement tree planting commences after Easter;

Other developments:

  • Town Park environmental studies area - Grass in this area is being left uncut to allow wildflowers to grow and to help provide a study area for educational visits, linked to the new Town Park Education Centre. Paths will be cut through this area to allow access for everyone and it is hoped that the area will provide an additional area of interest for park users as well as providing an educational resource and improving the wildlife interest of the park;
  • Building work by Bolt and Heeks has started with the repairs to the bandstand roof;
  • Pets' Corner is closed for building works; there is still public access to the paddocks and fields to view new born lambs; More information on Pets' Corner refurbishment
  • The outdoor gym is open, funded by Harlow Health Centres Trust and located on land next to the cycle track (near the top of the old pitch and putt course);

Volunteers every Thursday have been planting up the Sensory Garden and painting benches and fences. The polytunnel in the Walled Garden now has a cover and preparation work has started on creating raised beds there.

Further information on the developments can be obtained from Mike Levett, Education and Volunteer officer on 01279 446834 or email: mike.levett@harlow.gov.uk

Events

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

Parking

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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