CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN 2020

CITY OF TREES

Welwyn Garden City Arboretum

Beehive Tree Walk

Take a walk through the Beehive conservation area on the east-side of Welwyn Garden City. There are many unusual trees on the streets and in the open spaces.

A few to look out for in the autumn are:

Black Walnut
(Juglans nigra)
This specimen is at Woodhall. Although small at the moment, this will grow into a large, vigorous tree that will have golden leaves in autumn.
A photo of a Black Walnet Tree in the Woodhall area of WGC
Common, or English, oak
(Quercus robur)

This example, showing splendid colour, is on Beehive Lane. Turning a reddish-brown in autumn, oak trees hold on to their leaves later than most trees.

A photo of a Common Oak in Beehive Lane
Norway Maple
(Acer platanoides)

This can be found in Thumbswood. The picture shows it just starting to change colour, but this large and shapely tree will look wonderful as the weeks go on. Trees in the acer family have some of the best autumn colour. 

A photo of an Norway Maple in Thumbswood
Rowan

Also known as the mountain ash, is a familiar sight in town and country. It has an abundance of autumn berries, hanging in large clusters, to attract the birds.

A photo of a Common Oak in Beehive Lane
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Disclaimer

The Foundation can accept no responsibility for the organisation or regulation of any satellite events arranged to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City. This includes but is not limited to public liability insurance, health and safety issues (including risk assessments, Performance Licenses and safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults), transport, hiring of facilities, and any costs associated. The use of the Foundation name and logo does not infer any specific oversight or involvement of the Foundation unless stated.”