'Exceptional' awards haul for Welwyn Hatfield at Anglia in Bloom
The borough's success at the 2019 Anglia in Bloom Awards has been described as 'exceptional' by their distinguished panel of judges.
Welwyn Hatfield took home three 'Special Awards' after the judges shortlisted ten local initiatives against hundreds of entrants from across the region.
The borough then went on to claim two bronze, three silver and two golds in the 'Category Awards' - including a best in the region accolade for Sherrardspark Wood.
· Environmental Quality - Welwyn Garden City
· Grow You Own - Longcroft Allotments, Welwyn Garden City
· Public Open Space - Parkway, Welwyn Garden City
· Village (up to 2,500 residents) - Lemsford - Silver
· Village (up to 2,500 residents) - Essendon - Bronze
· Town (6001-12,000 residents) - Welwyn - Silver
· City (35,000-200,000 residents) - Welwyn Garden City - Silver
· Medium Cemetery (5-10 acres) - The Lawn Cemetery, Hatfield - Bronze
· Town centre/BID - Welwyn Garden City - Gold
· Woodland - Sherrards Park Wood - Gold and best in region.
The judges described the colourful view of Parkway as "very special" and commended the work of the 'All Aboarders' community group in helping to brighten up the WGC train station.
Sherrardspark Wood and the dedicated volunteers who help manage the woodland received high praise from the panel, labelling the 200 acre woodland a "local gem" and an "outstanding local facility."
The judges were also impressed by the management of street furniture, cleanliness and landscaping in WGC town centre. The flower displays installed by the WGC BID received positive comments from residents and judges alike, with one resident complementing them as a "...wonderful welcome to visitors. They truly have made a huge difference to the whole area."
Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, said:
We could not have wished for a better result this year.
The judges commended so many different parts of the borough - for a whole variety of reasons - and I'm so proud of what we achieved together. Being described as 'exceptional' in a region that's well known for its natural beauty is outstanding.
I'd especially like to thank all the council officers, community groups - including the All Aboarders, Sherrardspark Wood Wardens, Lemsford and Danesbury Fernery volunteers - and partners - including Serco, Maydencroft, WGC BID and Welwyn Parish Council - who contributed to our success.
If residents would like to get involved with community projects for next year's awards, please call 01707 357000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.