Work on remodelling the Anniversary Gardens in Welwyn Garden City town centre is now complete!
The remodelled Anniversary Gardens in the heart of WGC town centre were officially reopened on 30 May to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Planting started in February, using funding secured from the government's Welcome Back Fund - designed to support initiatives that encourage shoppers and visitors safely back to high streets and town centres.
The new look for the gardens includes a new path, benches and planting that has been inspired by founder of the Garden City movement Ebenezer Howard and time he spent working in Chicago, USA.
The grasses and prairie plants such as Echinaceas, Achilleas and Veronicastrums will provide summer and autumn colour and will develop as the garden matures over time. They are sustainable and popular with pollinators, and their leaves and seed heads provide winter beauty and food for birds. The design also includes the fragrant, apricot rose 'Rosa Welwyn Garden Glory' which flowers throughout the summer.
A commemorative plaque marks the special Prunus Tai Haku tree which was planted today to celebrate the Jubilee as part of the Queen's Green Canopy project. Seven new, large hornbeams in the Anniversary Gardens give a strong visual representation of the seven decades of the Queen's reign. The garden was designed with sustainability at its heart. Plants were chosen that require less water and can thrive in poor soil conditions. They were planted small, as young plants establish better and have used fewer inputs to grow them.
This redevelopment work follows on from the recent improvements to Stonehills. Hertfordshire County Council led on the project in partnership with WHBC in creating a new public space at Stonehills' northern end. It will make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists and provide an ideal meeting spot for outdoor shopping, dining and events.