Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Magical roundabout

Durham County Council deserves great credit for the way it has planted roundabouts and road verges with colourful cornfield annuals.

This vibrant display is on the roundabout at the junction of the A68 and A689, just west of Crook. The rowan trees in the centre always produce a fine crop of berries but this year the addition of the flowers has produced a stunning display.

Corn marigold, cornflower, ox-eye daisy and corn poppy. A wonderful tapestry of colour.

Managing road verges in this way is a win-win-win strategy. It provides loads of nectar and pollen for insects, reduces maintenance, and makes a superb addition to the landscape.

This roundabout sits at the gateway to Weardale, part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is famous for its colourful meadows in summer. It provides a wonderful welcome to visitors to the dale. 


  1. That is wonderful, your Council can be rightly proud.

  2. They've been doing this around Durham city for a couple of years, but now they seem to be working their way outwards. It's greatly appreciated by every I've spoken to about it.


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