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Celebrating Arbor Day on the Greenway

Arbor Day in 1913

Schoolchildren from Letchworth Garden City recently planted two new orchards to commemorate the centenary of Arbor Day.

New app launched to help people explore Garden City Greenway

People using our app to discover the Greenway

Walkers, ramblers and cyclists are now able to make the most of a 13.6 mile countryside route surrounding the world’s first Garden City thanks to the launch of a mobile application.

Available on AppStore, the app has been developed to help visitors to Garden City Greenway to make the most the leafy green countryside around Letchworth Garden City.

Mobility impaired cycles tried and tested!

Last Saturday, (21 May) Letchworth Garden City’s Standalone Farm welcomed over 100 people from around the county to try a range of specially designed cycles for the mobility impaired, promoting disabled access to the countryside through the Garden City Greenway.

Visitors of all ages with a range of disabilities, some of whom have never ridden a bike before, cruised around with friends and families in side-by-side tandems, wheelchair tandems, hand-cranked trikes and other cycles.   

Countryside Cycle Day

An example of a specifically-made trike
An example of a specifically-made trike

What is it?
The Countryside Cycle Day offers those with mobility issues a chance to try a range of bikes for free, encouraging them to get active in the countryside more often.

The event will be co-ordinated by specialist cycle company ‘Get Cycling’ who will have experienced and enthusiastic staff on-hand to offer guidance and support for riding specially-designed bikes and trikes.

The following bikes will be available at the event free of charge:

Letchworth GC helps restore elm population

eft to right: Elizabeth Towler and Colin Chatfield plant an elm

Over one hundred elm trees are to be grown in Letchworth GC as part of a nationwide project. The Conservation Foundation has launched ‘The Great British Elm Experiment’ attempting to reintroduce 10,000 elm trees across the UK and find out why some survived Dutch elm disease of the 1960’s, wiping out over 25 million of the trees in the UK.

New Greenway Fold-out Map & Guide

Get the best of Letchworth’s great outdoors this autumn with our updated Greenway Fold-out Map & Guide. Discover the many places of interest, from farms to forestry, along the Garden City Greenway’s 13.6 mile (21.8km) route.

Perfect for a country stroll or cycle ride, there are a number of great stopping points and options for you to begin and end your journey. Look out for new features on the map such as recommended photo points, nature spots and recently planted community orchards.  

Around 450 trees to be planted in new Orchard

From left to right: Nigel Russell (Natural England), Matt Broadhurst (LGC Farms), Andrew Mills (Natural England), Peter Willcox (Transition Town Letchworth)

Around 450 trees are to be planted to create a community Orchard and the first new commercial Orchard in Hertfordshire for decades. Since the 1950’s, more than 60 per cent of Orchards in England have vanished – largely down to housing or industrial developments taking over.

Standalone Farm Craft Fair

Standalone Farm Craft Fair is on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 November at 11am – 5pm
Standalone Farm Craft Fair is on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 November at 11am – 5pm

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 November
11am – 5pm

Letchworth Garden City’s very own traditional working farm welcomes you to this year's Christmas extravaganza. Our fair includes toys, jewellery, embroidery cakes, sweets and much more, making it the perfect alternative to high street Christmas shopping.

£1m boost to rural habitat

Stuart Kenny, the Heritage Foundation’s Director General (centre) with Andrew Mills and Elizabeth Towler shortly after a sign to acknowledge Natural England's grant was erected on Greenway ‘territory.'
Stuart Kenny, the Heritage Foundation’s Director General (centre) with Andrew Mills and Elizabeth Towler shortly after a sign to acknowledge Natural England's grant was erected on Greenway ‘territory.'
A major cash injection by Natural England – one of the largest ever made under its Environmental Stewardship Scheme - will give another boost to the environmental credentials of the world’s first Garden City.

For the second time in 10 years, Letchworth Garden City Farms Ltd – a subsidiary of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation - has been awarded grants to continue to improve its countryside stewardship work on the 1029 hectare Letchworth Estate that it owns.

Improve your pedal power

Cycling on the Garden City Greenway

If you are thinking about ways to improve your fitness or spend time with friends and family, why not get involved in National Bike Week?

Between 13 and 21 June, the nation will be out and about cycling for fun or fitness and enjoying Britain’s countryside. Your local recreational facility, the Garden City Greenway, offers a picturesque circular route including sections ideal for cycling. There are many interesting stopping points along the way such as Standalone Farm and Radwell Meadows Country Park, as well as links to Letchworth Garden City Town Centre.

Picture This – Photographic Competition

Willian Pond taken by Jack Phillips
Picture: 2007 Picture This entry - Willian Pond by Jack Phillips

Calling all photographic enthusiasts!

'Take' your slice of our £600 prize fund in Letchworth Garden City’s photographic competition, ‘Picture This’.

Back by popular demand after the inaugural contest in 2007, we’d love to see your favourite 'angle' of any Letchworth Garden City building or public space.

You can enter up to three attractive 'snaps' – taken rain or shine; day or night; even in colour or black and white!

Spring is here!

Springtime on the Greenway

As winter draws to a close and spring arrives, its time to store your hat, scarf and gloves away for another year.

Springtime on the Greenway offers many reasons to get out and about. For fitness fans, the 13.6 mile track is perfect for mild jogging or long distance running in the good weather spring brings.

Standalone Farm Now Open

Standalone Farm Now Open

Letchworth Garden City’s very own traditional working farm welcomes you back. The farm is open now until 1 November, 11am – 5pm [last admission 4pm].

Come along throughout the spring season for the sights and sounds of newborn lambs, calves and chicks. A fun day out for the whole family!

For more information on Standalone Farm, click here.

Your photos

Snow covered plant

The recent snowfall, despite causing problems for traffic, has created some beautiful scenery on the Greenway. In mid-February our snow-laced countryside was brilliantly photographed by Mark Hopkins of Letchworth GC, displayed below.

Robin between Norton Common and Standalone Farm  

Robin between Norton Common and Standalone Farm

Gateway 'Green' Impact

Letchworth Gate

The main gateway to the world's first Garden City has received a £90,000 environmental makeover.

To add more visual impact to Letchworth Gate - which is heavily trafficked both to and from the A1M - Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation has implemented eye-catching measures to improve the landscape structure along this busy stretch of road, including pathway improvements.

A real trip back to nature

Wymondley Wood

About 30 schoolchildren descended on a beautiful part of Letchworth Garden City's 'green and pleasant land' on Thursday and gave the newly completed outdoor environmental education centre - now the only one in the area - a resounding 'thumbs up.'

Year 3 from St Thomas More School was the first school to book a block visit to the newly constructed nature trails at Wymondley Wood, which were officially opened by Stuart Kenny, the Heritage Foundation's Director General.

Kim Just Wild About Garden City Greenway

Kim Just Wild About Garden City Greenway

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation's £1.25m Greenway, encircling the 5,500 acre Estate, was officially opened last Saturday ( May 3) by pop star and television gardening expert Kim Wilde.

Kim said she was "really impressed" with its concept, design and construction and said later on Anglia Television that the Garden City Greenway was a wonderful example of how to attract people out of their homes to witness the beauty of the countryside in such a unique fashion.

Greenway Route Now Accessible To All

People using the Garden City Greenway

The full length of the Garden City Greenway can now be used by all Letchworth residents, including disabled users, following the surfacing of the last section of the route.

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Hertfordshire County Council, who both own land the Greenway is on, have worked together to complete the last unsurfaced section, from Hitchin Road, next to Rosehill Hospital, down to Queenswood Drive.

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