The battle of the blooms is back on!

Judges for the Anglia in Bloom 2022 Awards toured Welwyn Garden City recently as this year's competition - along with the weather - hots up!

Anglia in bloom judges

Two judges joined council officers to visit various spots across the town, starting at the Coronation Fountain. Welwyn Garden City is entered into a number of categories, including:

·       Bid Town: Welwyn Garden City

·       Conservation Area: Victorian Fernery

·       Special Feature for Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Anniversary Gardens

·       Public Park: Parkway and Howardsgate                                                                       

The judges grade the areas against a range of criteria, including the choice of plants, maintenance, the quality of green spaces, environmental responsibility and community participation.

This was the first time since 2019 that the Anglia in Bloom judges have been able to visit areas which have entered the competition. For the last two years the judging has taken place online, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Judges Peter Haynes and Natasha Pierson were impressed, with Natasha saying: "To come back and see all the work that's carried on, it's lovely to be able to say, 'well done'."

Councillor Samuel Kasumu, Executive Member for Environment, said:

The sun is shining, and it really shows off the beauty of our borough. The judges were very complimentary of what they saw, thanking the team for the work they've put in. We recognise that after the upheaval of the past two years, our outdoor spaces are so vital to everyone's health and wellbeing. We are lucky to have incredible green spaces in Welwyn Hatfield and a hugely dedicated team to cultivate them and maintain them beautifully. I'd like to also thank our partners Continental Landscape and WGC BID.

The Anglia in Bloom 2022 winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in September.