Call for memories to go deeper underground in Letchworth park

A TIME capsule is to be buried in a Letchworth GC park to document its history - but the council needs residents to come forward and fill it with their personal memories.

Howard Park and Gardens, which is currently undergoing a �2.7m restoration by North Herts District Council (NHDC), will house the sealed capsule under its turf in late spring of next year, near to the renovated statue of the Greek Poetess Sappho.

As well as containing important information documenting the history of Howard Park and Gardens, NHDC hope to add a selection of residents’ personal notes, memories and photographs of the park. These could date back to when the park, situated off Norton Way South, was first founded in 1903 by Ebenezer Howard.

The aim of the capsule is to preserve a piece of the park’s past so that when it is discovered in the future it will communicate invaluable historic information to historians and archaeologists.

Cllr Ian Knighton, NHDC’s portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Howard Park and Gardens is a park of great historic importance and we are proud to be able to record the spirit of the park and the memories of our residents in this way.

“The time capsule will add a distinctive characteristic to the restoration of the park, where we hope to deliver a high quality, attractive green space in the heart of Letchworth GC which people can enjoy for generations to come.“

Please send your memories, photographs and notes to Sally Everett, Howard Park and Gardens park champion by emailing or by sending them by post to the Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth, SG6 3JF.