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The English Garden Cities – A World Heritage Site?

One of our signature projects is an international symposium now scheduled to take place on 22 and 23 April 2021. Graeme Bell on the initiative to secure World Heritage Site status for the two English – and pioneering – Garden Cities

The enduring influence of Welwyn Garden City, and the garden city principles it sought to enshrine, is recognised internationally. The two-day event, organised by the Town and Country Planning Association, will bring together expert speakers and commentators from across the world to generate lively discussion and interventions designed to address the 21st century challenges of providing places where people want to live, and can afford to do so.

The TCPA was founded in 1899 by Ebenezer Howard and remains the world’s longest surviving charity promoting the values of progressive planning and place-making. Graeme Bell, a Trustee of the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation and Vice President of the TCPA has contributed the following article to a special supplement in the TCPA.

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If you would like to read more about what makes Welwyn and Letchworth Garden Cities places of outstanding universal value, please read the following draft statement and explore this Historic England book on the English garden cities.

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