Sustainable gardens planned for Letchworth

Gardens at the Wynd in Letchworth GC

Gardens at the Wynd in Letchworth GC - Credit: Archant

Visitors to the world’s first garden city will have three new green spaces in the town centre to enjoy next year.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has teamed up with Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation to create three gardens in The Wynd in Letchworth GC.

There will be an allotment to demonstrate low-cost gardening, a biodiversity garden to encourage wildlife and a sustainable garden where the emphasis will be on organic gardening.

The gardens are being designed by Elizabeth Towler, environment and landscape officer at the Heritage Foundation, with support from the RHS.

Work will take place over the winter period with an official launch expected to be held at Easter next year.

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The gardens will be tended by volunteers, Heritage Foundation and RHS staff. A series of seminars and talks are planned throughout the year.

John Lewis, chief executive of the Heritage Foundation, said: “This is an exciting partnership which will look to deliver beautiful gardens at the heart of Letchworth Garden City’s town centre and lead to a range of projects to promote sustainable gardening in our community.”

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Head of regional development at RHS, Andrea Van-Sittart added: “As the world’s leading horticultural charity, one of our key aims is to reach out and support grassroots gardening here in the UK and although this is still at a very early stage, we hope that we can apply some of our knowledge and resources to make the Letchworth programme a great success.”

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