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Well not just Spring but election season is upon us - rather unexpectedly - and has added a surprise element to April's work at the International Garden Cities Institute.


Hello! I do hope you all had a good March despite the rather turbulent times. The spring flowers seem to have arrived – and the daffodils and jonquils are always a cheering sight. A few warmer days really do lift the spirits – and increase the Vitamin D intake too.


Hello!  I think it would be fair to say that February’s weather has been for the most part a rather cold, wet, grey and windy affair but perhaps the glimpses of sunshine and early flowers peeking out – those first fugitive signs of spring now in evidence – will make further changes in the season


Hello all and Happy New Year! Despite the wintry weather – with cold and snow really making winter bite, it’s been a productive January at the International Garden City Institute.

David Ames, Head of the International Garden Cities Institute

David Ames is Head of the International Garden Cities Institute. He tells us about his recent trip to China to speak about how Garden City Principles can apply to new developments in the world’s most populated country.

Dr Susan Parham, Academic Director of the Garden Cities Institute

The run up to Christmas is always a rather hectic one and December was a busy period for the Institute and in the wider world of garden cities.


Well it's been a cold month with a sense that winter is now about to get going and a definite need to rug up for walking around Letchworth. We've reached the end of 'dark Autumn' as it shades into winter but at least the prospect of Christmas is there to cheer things up a bit.


Hello!  I hope you have all had a great September and enjoyed the mostly warm weather we have been experiencing.


International Garden Cities Exhibition Curator, Josh Tidy, recently paid a visit to one of the many places all over the world which were inspired by Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City idea - the Cite-Jardin of Suresnes, on the Western fringes of Paris.


Hello. I'm Susan Parham and I work at the International Garden Cities Institute as its academic director. This is the first of what will be a regular research update from me about the Institute, so it's a bit longer than these will be in future!

Dand Cruickshank (left) with Josh Tidy at the Institute

The Institute is to feature in a documentary on BBC Radio 4, exploring whether garden cities are the answer to our housing crisis or not and whether Ebenezer Howard’s original philosophy still works today.

Stephen Ward at the launch in the Institute gardens

Stephen Ward, Professor of Planning History at Oxford Brookes University, talked about his latest research into the legacy of Ebenezer Howard, at the International Garden Cities Institute.