New Community Gardening Scheme - It’s Your Neighbourhood
23rd April 2018
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Everyone, individuals and local gardening groups, are invited to come and find out more at the launch event for the initiative, which takes place on Wednesday 15 November at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, at the council offices on The Campus, Welwyn Garden City.

Modelled on the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) scheme, the council is keen to provide support and advice to residents and community groups who would like to tackle any neglected green spaces in their local environment. 

Schemes could include communal vegetable patches, sensory gardens or planting that promotes wildlife. A few projects, which will be part of the scheme, are already underway, including communal orchards, the restoration of the Fernery at Danesbury in Welwyn, and the council’s existing ‘Adopt a Road’ scheme.

Other examples of voluntary projects could be:

  • Improving and maintaining green space on a local housing estate
  • Transforming a bleak residential back alley into a community garden
  • Redeveloping all the front gardens on (part of) a street using, for example, hanging baskets or window boxes for growing herbs
  • Forming a ‘Friends’ group to look after a local park.

Councillor Helen Bromley, Executive Member for Environment, said: “The aim is to harness the spirit and passion for local green spaces shown by residents through projects like the Fernery restoration and the many community litter picks that take place regularly.”

Councillor Bromley added: “We’d love to tap into the dedication that is displayed time and again across the borough to create a real network of groups restoring and refreshing little known or forgotten patches of land and woodland, encouraging wildlife to flourish. We’d love to work with you to bring your ideas to life and I’m really excited about the launch event where we can speak with fellow residents about how we can help. Please do come along!”

There is no booking in advance for the launch event; just turn up on the night.

If you’d like to find out more beforehand, please email or call 01707 357000.

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