We were able to welcome the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Peter Hebden and his wife, and other guests including County Councillor Tony Kingsbury, and some 200 visitors, to a wonderfully successful afternoon and evening organised by the Committee of the Friends of Danesbury Fernery (FODF) and supported by the entire team of volunteers who have been working extra hard over the past weeks and months to prepare the site.
The following photos were taken by Jenny, Harry and Andy.
This was a welcome opportunity for all the volunteers, and for the community as a whole, to come together and celebrate all our hard work after a prolonged period of lockdown and constraint; to celebrate the successful recovery and restoration of this long-lost Victorian Fernery, and to be entertained by the Welwyn Harmony Chorus, and comforted by the presence of PCSOs Crystal Howes and Sarah Skene from the Safer Neighbourhod Team.
The event was presented under the banner of the Committee of the Welwyn Autumn Festival, whose local charities will ultimately benefit from the success of this event, as will the FODF too, as we face future Fernery costs for repair and restoration of the Pulhamite rockwork, replanting and ongoing maintenance.
The message to all the visitors was clear – we do need more volunteers!
We will update this Report as more details and information emerge.