Day of reckoning for Welwyn Hatfield's blooms

PUBLISHED: 19:27 05 July 2018

Anglia in Bloom judges with the Friends of Danesbury Park volunteers who excavated the Victorian Fernery, council staff and mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Anglia in Bloom judges with the Friends of Danesbury Park volunteers who excavated the Victorian Fernery, council staff and mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

A panel of judges is pondering whether Welwyn Hatfield will come up roses in a regional competition.

Anglia in Bloom again with the team from the University of Hertforshire, council staff and mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Borough CouncilAnglia in Bloom again with the team from the University of Hertforshire, council staff and mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, and the University of Hertfordshire, are each entering the Anglia in Bloom competition for the first time.

Two judges visited today (Thursday, June 5) to take a tour around a number of locations, including Welwyn Garden City town centre, Welwyn’s Victorian Fernery, and the Lawn Cemetery and university in Hatfield, which is also entered for the Best Community Project award.

The judges look at the choice of plants, maintenance practices and the quality of green, open spaces.

There are also criteria for environmental responsibility and community participation.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, executive member for environment and planning delivery, said: “I was so proud that we had the opportunity today to display the beauty of our borough.

“On a summer’s day, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere with a more attractive variety of planting.

“In future years we hope to get our communities more involved and enter some of the other awards that are available.”

Judge Nigel Bloxham, commented: “We’ve had a wonderful morning judging.

“Welwyn Hatfield is a very impressive place and has an awful lot going for it.”

Emma Lewis from the University of Hertfordshire said: “The University of Hertfordshire is incredibly excited to be involved with Anglia in Bloom this year.

“It really is a fantastic opportunity to promote our developing outdoor green areas, and highlight the hard work our students and staff have dedicated to our community projects.

“We truly value the growing sense of community and belonging within Hatfield, and can’t wait to see our UH Allotment Plots and Community Garden continue to grow into something special!”

The borough is entered in the city category, due to its population, and could win a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.

Anglia in Bloom will announce the awards at a ceremony on September 12 in Bury St Edmunds.

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