CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN 2020

CITY OF TREES

Welwyn Garden City Arboretum

The Campus Walk

During September the trees on The Campus are just beginning to show the first signs of turning to their autumn colour palette. A wide variety of trees can be explored and identified within a small area using the map in the City of Trees The Campus leaflet, and also available on the website.
Hornbeam
(Carpinus betulus)
A photo of Hornbeam Samara
The hornbeam is the stalwart of many woodlands and it is both useful and ornamental. In autumn the winged fruit, samaras, can be seen. The shape of the samara lets the wind carry the seed far from the parent tree. They have lots of common names –keys, wingnuts, helicopters or whirlybirds
English Oak
(Quercus robur)
A photo of the leaves of an English Oak
There are over a dozen examples of this quintessential tree of England on The Campus. It supports more life than any other native tree species. The oak carries easily identifiable lobed leaves and they feature in the emblems of many environmental groups, including the Woodland Trust and the National Trust. In autumn it forms acorns which sit in cupules (the cup-shaped base of the acorn). In time the green acorn turns brown, loosens from the cupule, and falls to the ground.
Wild Service Tree
(Sorbus torminalis)
A photo of a Wild Service Tree
The green-brown fruits of this deciduous broadleaf tree, which start to appear in the autumn, are traditionally known as ‘chequers’. These are relatively rare trees and are often the remnants of ancient woodland. Once the trees lose their leaves in late autumn, the fine structure of the branches can be seen, as in the picture. The props which are supporting this specimen are also visible.
Crab Apple
(Malus‘Director Moerlands’)
A photo of a Crab Apple Tree
These are the trees that sweep around the outer arc of The Campus. The leaves are showing signs offading to a dark bronze. The small dark-red fruits last a long time on the tree and are a wonderful source of food for birds in the autumn and winter.
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WGC100 News

100 years of Welwyn Garden City…and what the next 100 years hold in store

Discover Hertfordshire magazine, published by Archant, has published a lovely four page article in this quarter’s edition. Read the introduction here and view the digital version online. Words by Ellie Fells.

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One of the greatest pleasures of the town is the beauty and variety of the 19,000 trees in its streets and public places. Our City of Trees project is part of the centenary celebrations with four areas of the town chosen for their beauty and variety, some of which are seldom seen outside botanic gardens. What better time to explore and enjoy their beauty than autumn?

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A photo of The Queen Mother with the WGC Mayor, Dennis Lewis

Golden Jubilee – was it really half a century ago?

Memories of 1970 recalled in 2020 by Dr Dennis Lewis MBE

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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

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Louis de Soissons Plan

Welwyn Garden City’s Famous Town Plan

Welwyn Garden City is arguably one of the most beautiful and certainly the best planned towns in England. The man responsible for the much of what we see in the City was Louis de Soissons, its Chief Architect and Town Planner for 42 years – from its inception in 1920 till his death in 1962.

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LAR Performing Arts Choir - Lean on Me

LAR Pop Choir 2020

This is a gorgeous video produced by LAR Performing Arts group from WGC.

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Meet the City of Trees Organising Team

Photo of Rosie Daniel

Rosie Brewis

Alison Ewington

Alison Ewington

Photo of David Kell

David Kell

Photos of Steve Williams

Steve Williams

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.”