History of the Trees

Addison Park Trees.

In the late 1950’s although Mrs. Howard had left what is now the Park to Kempston, most of the land (33-65 acres of it), was still used by farmers Messrs Mooring Bros, the 5 acre playground was still fenced off. The Council minutes show that it discussed hiring that field for the Kempston Show for £30.

On 15th November 1959, the Kempston Urban District Council Special Sub. Committee set up to deal with the enlarged Park, agreed that the Spring Road Drive, as it was called, (the road from opposite Spring Road to the Grange), be planted with approx 100 large trees and the Surveyor to take advice as to the type, size and distance apart from the Advisory Officer of the Forestry Commission.

They also agreed that the iron fence dividing the two sections of the Park be removed and sold.

The same Committee on December 29th 1959 agreed that 400x 3ft x1ft turfs be purchased to repair excessive wear on the putting green.

A report about the proposed tree planting said the trees should be 20 to 30ft apart and standards of about 4ft high be used.

That Committee meeting of January 26th 1960, received a letter from Mr. Frank Sanders ( Managing Director of R B Sanders, leather factory in College St), stating he is pleased to see that the Council is prepared to accept the suggestion of the W M B Sanders Memorial Fund being used in connection with the planting of the trees,

The Contractor who planted the trees was Mr Clifford Hayne of the Green End Nurseries (trading as C Cook & Co), to plant alternately Lime and Cherry trees. He dug by hand and planted every tree but assisted in the setting out and planting by a young apprentice called Barbara Anderson who set out all the stakes for the trees.
Quite a number of the trees have now been replaced so it not as it was when first laid out. Most of the Limes are there but only about one Cherry tree is left.

In memory of her son, Addison, Mrs. Howard had a Silver Birch planted in 1937, it is said that she planted it near the Grange so she could see it from the window. It was very badly damaged in it’s early years in a storm. A Walnut was planted by this society to replace it in 2012
Clive Smith