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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.