What is a Garden City?

Letchworth is the world’s first Garden City, planned to combine the best of town and country living.

A Garden City is a town designed for industry and healthy living; of a size that makes possible a full measure of social life, but not larger; surrounded by a permanent belt of rural land; the whole of the land being in public ownership or held in trust for the community.” C.B. Purdom, 1919


Strong vision, leadership and community engagement
Land value capture for the benefit of the community
Community ownership of land and long-term stewardship of assets
Mixed-tenure homes and housing types that are affordable for ordinary people
Beautifully and imaginatively designed homes with gardens in healthy communities
A strong local jobs offer in the Garden City itself and within easy commuting distance
Opportunities for residents to gown their own food, including allotments
Generous green space, including: surrounding belt of countryside to prevent unplanned sprawl; well connected and biodiversity-rich public parks; high quality gardens; tree-lines streets; and open spaces
Strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in walkable neighbourhoods
Integrated and accessible transport systems

For more information

Please visit: The International Garden Cities Institute