Work on remodelling the Anniversary Gardens in Welwyn Garden City town centre is nearing completion.
Planting throughout the gardens 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.
With a new path laid by Ringway and the overall design and landscaping works continuing with Maydencroft, the space is coming to life, in what is planned to be a beautiful corner of the shopping area.
The new look for the gardens has been inspired by found of the Garden City movement Ebeneezer Howard and the time he spent working in Chicago in the United States. As well as a new path, benches, bins and thoughtful landscaping will provide enjoyment throughout the different seasons. Sustainable and pollinator-friendly plants have been selected and will develop as the gardens matures over time. A fragrant apricot rose named after the town - 'Rosa Welwyn Garden Glory', is also part of the design!
A new tree will be planted in the gardens as part of the council's participation in the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, with a special plaque to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee adorning it.
Anniversary Gardens is expected to be fully open to the public in May.
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.