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Heritage Lottery Fund Project

Improving the Town Park

For further information contact:

Mike Levett

Education & Volunteer Officer

Harlow Council

Civic Centre

The Water Gardens


Essex CM20 1WG

Tel: 01279 446834


Town Park Heritage Lottery Fund update- January 2015 update

Landscaping work is now continuing after the Easter break by Blakedown, who are working on the Water Garden and Specimen Garden areas of the park. Sub-contractors Usher Trees are progressing tree works in the park as well. The work is funded from £1.83 million secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund' s (HLF)  'Parks for People Programme' matched by Council funding. This is for:

• Restoration of various garden and wooded areas across the Park-Water Garden & Sensory Garden;
• New paths, seating, viewing points and improved signage across the park.

There may be some path diversions when this work happens and we will advise you in advance when this will occur.

We hope to award the Building contract soon. Work includes:

• Pets' Corner -new covered events shelter and a stand-alone Education Centre.
• Spurriers House- new café
• Bandstand improvements.

The Town Park volunteers, who meet weekly on a Thursday as well as a monthly on an afternoon at the weekend are looking forward to starting back on site after their Easter break- after a lot of hard work removing ivy off trees and shrubs, planting bulbs and shrubs and painting furniture in the Sensory Garden. The Walled Garden polytunnel has now been covered and beds are being prepared for planting later in the year.

Consultants are continuing work on a new educational pack for use by schools visiting the park when the Education Centre is completed. Guided walks on Winter Wander (January) Birds of the Town Park (February) and Stort Valley Marshes (March) .

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.

Further information on all of these matters can be obtained from Mike Levett, Education & Volunteer officer on 01279 446834 or

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