Welwyn Garden City's new-look Anniversary Gardens Reopens

Councillors sitting on a bench at Anniversary Gardens

The remodelled Anniversary Gardens in the heart of WGC town centre were officially reopened on 30 May to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. To mark the occasion the Mayor, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon, the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Gail Ganney, Leader of the Council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury and other Cabinet members joined council officers and contractor, Maydencroft.

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.

Councillor Samuel Kasumu, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said:

"Creating welcoming community spaces which can be enjoyed by everyone is a priority for the council. The changes that have been made to the Anniversary Gardens will strengthen the town's appeal to residents, visitors and businesses alike. 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."

Further information on the remodelling of the Anniversary Gardens can be found here.