Work starts on new-look Anniversary Gardens in WGC

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has begun work to remodel Anniversary Gardens in WGC town centre, with the project expected to be completed by spring.

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The new look for the gardens has been inspired by founder of the Garden City movement Ebenezer Howard and the time he spent working in Chicago in the United States.

The remodelling will include a new path, benches, bins and thoughtful landscaping that will provide enjoyment throughout the different seasons. Sustainable and pollinator friendly plants have been selected and will develop as the garden matures over time.

The design also includes the fragrant, apricot rose 'Rosa Welwyn Garden Glory' which flowers throughout the summer.

A new tree will be planted as part of the council's participation of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, as well as a special plaque to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, Planning, Estates and Development, said:

Anniversary Gardens is a popular spot with visitors to the town centre. We hope this carefully though-out redesign will provide a tranquil green space in the heart of Welwyn Garden City which will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Redevelopment of the popular gardens follows on from the recent improvements to Stonehills, which was led by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with WHBC.

This work was completed at the end of last year and created a new public space at Stonehills' northern end, while the road section was designed with wider footways and enhancements to on-street parking, making the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said:

Creating welcoming community spaces which can be enjoyed by everyone is among our priorities, as well as encouraging healthier travel and reducing pollution, so seeing the plans and work starting on the new-look Anniversary Gardens is fantastic.

The completed improvements to Stonehills have already made Welwyn Garden City a more attractive place, and the changes now being made to Anniversary Gardens will strengthen the town's appeal to residents, visitors and businesses.