Centenary WOODLAND Garden

Centenary Woodland Garden

Our Centenary Woodland Garden is part of the lasting legacy of the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation to celebrate the town’s centenary in 2020.

The concept has been inspired by trees, a major element in Sir Ebenezer Howard’s concept for a garden city. It will become a beautiful community space for everyone to enjoy throughout the year.

The design itself represents the form of a tree with new organic shaped beds representing the canopy of a tree.  The main ornamental Horticultural focus of the garden will be between January to late April, while during the summer the borders will take on a greener appearance from the selection of plants often found in shady woodland dells and glades.  A selection of spring bulbs will create the trunk and the root of the tree.

An important element of the planting is to encourage wildlife. 

The new planting has introduced a wide range of plant material and bulbs with an accent on flowering plants that will support many insect pollinators. General soil organic amelioration improvements, plants and density of new plants will further support many invertebrate and vertebrate species once established.

The garden designer, Gianna Utilini, studied garden design at Capel Manor College, a contributing partner on the project. Sustainability and biodiversity have always been a priority for Gianna. She approaches every planning scheme with the idea of creating a city to provide habitats beneficial for insects, from the earth moving worm population below the ground to the pollinators above and all the scuttling creatures in between. Her aim is to create tranquil spaces that people can nurture and engage with, enjoying nature’s natural wonders.

The design that Gianna has created  is a fitting legacy project to mark the town’s 100th birthday. The new garden creates a major visual focus for all pedestrians using the walkway and perfectly frames Ad Astra and significantly improves and enhances the landscape diversity.

The Garden will be maintained solely by Volunteers. If you would like to join Centenary Woodland Garden Volunteer group then please contact [email protected]



WGC Centenary Woodland Garden

A selection of woodland plants in shady borders

Primula vulgaris
Epimedium perralderanium
Gallium odoratum
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Helleborus × hybridus
Asplenium scolopendrium
Polystichum polyblepharum
Polystichum setiferum
Bergenia cordifolia
Carex ‘Ice Dance’
Sarcococca confusa
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’

A selection of plants on the outer beds nearest path

Digitalis purpurea
Alchemilla mollis
Aster divaricatus
Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’
Myrrhis odorata
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Aquilegia vulgaris
Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’
Spring bulbs in variety

A lasting legacy

We are very grateful to our sponsors for supporting this project.

Tarmac Landfill Community Fund

The Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund

Garfield Weston Foundation

Tesco Bags of Help

Crane & Staples Solicitors

The 3T’s Charitable Trust

The Gretna Charitable Trust

Stanborough School

Ewart Price Solicitors

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

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Meet the Centenary Garden Team

Ann Aldridge - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Ann Aldridge

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Caroline Baynes

Angela Eserin - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Angela Eserin

Trina Golland - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Trina Golland

Jan North - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Jan North

Caroline Roberts - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Caroline Roberts

Fiona Robinson - Part of the Centenary Garden Team

Fiona Robinson

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