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.
Other guests at the opening included Tony Rawlinson, the grandson of town founder Ebenezer Howard and Oliver Heald MP.
Stuart Kenny, the Foundation's Director General, gave an historical account of how the dreams of the Greenway became reality, introduced Kim Wilde and helped in the unveiling of a special Portland stone memorial at Radwell Meadows Country Park - one of the five main centres on the 13.2 mile route. The other main centres are; Willian Arboretum, Norton Pond, Standalone Farm and Wymondley Wood.
The Greenway offers excellent opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the open air through walks and recreational facilities. Parts of the route are open to cyclists, wheelchair users and horse riders.
Information on wildlife, flora and fauna and the Letchworth Garden City's farming activities is provided at many places and at some locations there are parking facilities, play areas, seats, woodland planting, picnic sites etc...