Welwyn Garden City town centre set for £10k landscape improvement project

PUBLISHED: 09:52 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 11 July 2017

Howardsgate in Welwyn Garden City

Howardsgate in Welwyn Garden City

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Work to improve the green landscape in Welwyn Garden City's town centre began yesterday (Monday 10 July).

A council spokeswoman said the project would cost £10,341 and will improve the planting under 12 existing trees either side of the junction for Howardsgate and Parkway.

Two pits either side of Howardsgate will be filled with binding golden gravel to make it easier for people to walk around the area without damaging four of the trees.

The remaining eight tree pits will have an edging against the pit to prevent pedestrians walking across the new planting. All 12 trees will also have their crowns lifted to aid circulation.

The work – which will take place daily between 8am and 11am – will involve the soil around the trees being loosened using an air lance, which will cause noise and dust.

Once the planting has been completed, the new areas will be watered weekly on Wednesdays until the end of the growing season. Councillor Helen Bromley, executive member for environment, said: “In the short term, whilst the work is taking place, there will be some noise and dust around the area, which unfortunately cannot be helped.

“But once the work is complete it will be a more pleasant and attractive space for everyone to enjoy.”

The work is scheduled to finish by the end of July.

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