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.
January 2015 restoration update
- Landscaping work by Blakedown is continuing, working on the Water Garden and Specimen Garden areas of the park.
- Sub-contractors Usher Trees are progressing tree works in the park. There may be some path diversions while this work happens.
- Harlow Council are looking to award the Building contract soon.
- Work has started on a new educational pack for use by schools visiting the park when the Education Centre is completed.
- A Guided walk on Trees of the Town Park attracted 16 people, and further monthly walks will be planned for January (Winter Wander), February (Birds of the Town Park) and March (Stort Valley Marshes).
- Thanks to work completed by the Young Historians and members of the Harlow Civic Society, we now have a detailed history of Spurriers House and its builder, William Cox, from the 1860’s to the present day. This is currently being checked and circulated to contributors before the final version is agreed.
- Town Park Volunteers (Thursday group) are working on the restoration of the Sensory Garden by clearing ivy, painting totem poles and fences, planting shrubs and hope to have the work completed by Spring 2015 ready for the new growing season.
- Town Park (weekend volunteers) who meet monthly have completed bulb planting in the Sensory Garden and removed an old fence and ivy off trees around the boundary of the Walled Garden
- Students from local Academies are undertaking Horticultural work at the Walled Garden an animal welfare work at Pets Corner as part of a Land Based Studies course run by Writtle College.
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