CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN 2020

CITY OF TREES

Welwyn Garden City Arboretum

City of Trees.

One of the greatest pleasures of Welwyn Garden City is the beauty and variety of over 19,000 trees in its streets and public places. The ‘City of Trees’ project (an urban arboretum) celebrates this legacy. 

Information about the trees has been collated by volunteers and, with the help of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, four new walks are now available for you all to enjoy, subject to the Government’s latest guidance. 

Each walk has a leaflet which are now available to download below in easy to print formats. They feature some fascinating specimens, interesting areas of tree planting and individual trees of particular interest. The information will also provide an educational resource for schools.

The walks have been created from an idea by Andrew Carnegie. Developed with the assistance of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, the members of WGC Horticultural Society, Sherrards Park Wood Wardens, and other volunteers in the Garden City.

The four walks are in the following areas: 

The City of Trees website is also now live and will continue to be developed over the coming months.

The City of Trees - An Urban Arboretum

View more information about these walks and to download home-printable walk guide PDFs below:

Cooperation & Links

The website will have a blog to allow seasonal ‘posts’ alerting users to what is worth seeing in that week. There are avenues of trees where the spring blossom will only last a week or two but it is worth making a special visit to view . The same will apply in the autumn to see the best blazes of late colour. Some of the Tree Trails will feature the best of the seasonal colour with illustrated Spring and Autumn walks.

A tree database on the website will give details of tree types: common name, botanical name, description, notable features, and the best time of year to see them.  

Detailed maps and database information has been provided by the Tree Officer of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Wood Wardens from Sherrardspark were instrumental in finding a suitable route in that area. 

The City of Trees website will have links to other relevant organisations such as the Woodland Trust and details of useful ‘apps’ to aid identification of trees, eg ‘Leafsnap’ from the Natural History Museum.

In addition to the main Tree Trails there will be at least two junior trails suitable for children.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this Signature Project to celebrate our wonderful garden city in our centenary year and for many years to come. 

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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.”