Councillors preview Letchworth gardens ahead of opening

THE regeneration work at Howard Park and Gardens in Letchworth GC was shown to district councillors on Saturday.

They were given a tour of the site which included a look at the new natural leaf fall pattern that has been applied to the surface of the water play area.

The pattern has been moulded from leaves taken from the park.

The tour also included a visit to the children’s climbing forest which has been designed to fit into its natural setting by using wood from sustainable sources.

The gardens will be handed back to North Herts District Council (NHDC) on November 5.

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The event, which is open to the public, takes place from noon to 3pm. The official opening will be tied in with the much-anticipated unveiling of a new statue of Greek poet Sappho which will be re-introduced at the southern end of the gardens. The original was stolen some years ago.

Other activities on the day include an open day at Howard Gardens Social Centre where there will be stalls with refreshments and small items for sale. NHDC’s Play Rangers Team will be attending the park, providing plenty of fun activities and crafts for children, and there will be live music, poetry and entertainment for the whole family.

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Cllr Ian Knighton, the council’s portfolio holder for leisure, said: “The opening of the gardens on November 5 is a significant and exciting step forward for this multi-million pound project. We hope that the public will come along to the event and celebrate the new-look gardens.

“They form an important part of the overall plan to preserve the historic features of the park and gardens whilst providing the community with new up-to-date facilities.”

Howard Park is expected to be finished next spring. It will be the culmination of a �2.7m facelift thanks to National Lottery funding.

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