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.
- History of the town park (pdf)
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.
February 2015 Heritage Lottery Fund update
Landscaping work is now happening in the following areas of the Park:
- 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 - a new footpath is being created from entrance off Fifth Avenue to Edinburgh Way;
- Water Garden - restoration of the rockery at the top of the ponds; new edging for paths across the site; cleaning of cobbled surfaces and installation of new French Drain to reduce path flooding; there may be some path diversions when this work happens;
- Peace Wood - creation of surfaced path and improved path system within the woods - why not go and visit the Snowdrops (photo above) which are starting to appear?
Elsewhere in the park, Pets Corner is closed from 16 February 2015 for building works; there is still public access to the paddocks and fields.
Volunteers are still busy every Thursday clearing ivy from hedgerows and hope, once the warmer weather arrives, to paint fences and seating in the Sensory Garden.
The Building Contract has been awarded and it is hoped to commence work in early March 2015.
Groundwork Hertfordshire have consulted with local schools over the contents of a new educational pack for use by schools visiting the park when the Education Centre is completed.
Two events were held in January - a guided walk on Winter in the Town Park attracted 19 people, and a Tree planting event commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day who planted 60 small native trees in Peace Wood.
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.
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: email@example.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