For those of you who regularly visit Hackworth Park, you will have seen the early groundwork preparations by Shildon Town Council’s Direct Works Team, made in readiness for the creation of a new park asset.
The ‘Legacy VE DAY 75 Wildflower Meadow’ which was made possible by securing funding from the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ pot, as part of the wider Shildon Town Council VE Day 75 Project Package.
We were all ready for an exciting year, then sadly Covid hit, and we were forced to put the project on hold, until finally earlier this year, the improved weather provided a window of opportunity for the seed to be sown.
We worked with staff and young people from Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC), who were only too pleased to help, and over the course of a couple of days, they had hand sown 70 metres x 30 metres of area, a very big job.
Everything was now in the hands of Mother Nature, the weather, which I might say was not very helpful at first, with very cold temperatures and lots of frost followed by wind and rain, and even more rain, conditions improved and gave us hope, the green shoots started to appear and then the whole area was flushed in fresh green growth.
It has now been several months since the sowing took place, and wow how it has come along lovely.
It is a beautiful thing to behold, a big, bold, splash of yellows, blues, and reds, these are the annuals we are seeing, and over the next two years the perennials will come on board, so it will get better as time goes on.
If you have not seen it, it is worth a visit.