Welwyn Hatfield awarded in Anglia in Bloom awards
PUBLISHED: 17:24 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:25 19 September 2018
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Welwyn Hatfield Council's leader has said she is "delighted"after the area's beauty was recognised in the Anglia in Bloom competition.
The borough was awarded a silver for its horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and the community involvement after being judged in several areas.
They included choice of plants, maintenance practices and the quality of green, open spaces.
Borough council leader Mandy Perkins said: “This is the first time we have entered the competition, and we’re delighted with our awards and the positive feedback we received from the judges.
“They noted the high standards of grass maintenance and that the BID’s floral displays are a colourful addition to WGC town centre.”
Cllr Perkins also trumpeted the role of council officers and contractors, who work tirelessly to maintain the area’s floral displays, trees and green spaces.
Eyeing further success in next year’s competition, she added: “We hope that next year we will be able to get more of our communities involved and enter some of the other awards that are available.”
Welwyn’s Victorian Fernery, based in a corner of Danesbury Local Nature Reserve, also won the Conservation Award.
Managed by WHC, the fernery had been hidden for 150 years before being unearthed by council officers and Friends of Danesbury Park volunteers over the last three summers.
John Roper, leader of the Friends of Danesbury Fernery, said: “The Friends of Danesbury Fernery volunteers are delighted that the borough has received such prestigious awards from Anglia in Bloom, and at their first attempt too.
“Our volunteers, working in close partnership with WHC, are of course proud that the Victorian Fernery – described in 1883 as the ‘best fernery to be found in the Home Counties’ – is once again receiving praise and recognition.”
He added: “The Anglia in Bloom Conservation Award is certainly one that now belongs right at the top in the annals of the history of this Victorian gem.”