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New trees planted as part of regeneration of Meadow Road Park

Published: Friday, 28th February 2020

This week saw the planting of twenty new trees to complement the ongoing improvements to Meadow Road Park in Kettering.

A variety of native species including alder, birch, rowan, field maple and cherry trees will line the new pathways through the park.

As part of a wider commitment to helping tackle climate change Kettering Borough Council is doubling the amount of tree planting from the current average of 250 per year to 500 per year. Just last week 130 new trees were planted at Desborough Greenspace and around 300 more have recently been planted in Corby’s parks and highways verges as part of Kettering and Corby Council’s shared environmental service.

The new trees at Meadow Road Park mark another chapter in the evolution of this important green space in the heart of the town. The town centre destination park reopened last summer following the first phase of the regeneration project which brought new play equipment, footpaths, safety surfacing, lighting, CCTV and natural seating areas. The park is set for some exciting new additions over the course of the year with the installation of:

  • An outdoor gym with fitness equipment
  • New bank slides
  • New benches, including picnic benches
  • Additional lighting
  • Fencing to mark the area were dogs must be kept on a lead
  • New gateway entrance designed in partnership with Tresham College students

Kettering Borough Council has improved Meadow Road Park using money from agreements negotiated as part of recent local housing developments. Improvements to this important open space will provide a place to play, work out or relax in a town centre destination park enhanced by the offer of nearby shopping and places to eat.

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“I’m delighted to see the ongoing progress to Meadow Road Park, which we believe will act as a significant draw to the town centre. We’ve taken into account local people’s views on what they would like to see at the park and will continue to do so in phase two of the project. The tree planting scheme demonstrates the Council’s wider commitment to tackling climate change and I look forward to seeing more similar projects in the future.”

Rochelle Mathieson, Head of Commercial Development at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“It is fantastic to see these significant improvements to a really important green space within Kettering town centre. The additional tree planting will offer shaded spots for picnics, places to play and explore, improve biodiversity within the park, as well as contribute to the Council’s tree planting commitment over the coming year”

Notes to Editors

Photo (l-r): Trevor Bugg, Ben Hughes, Joel Granger, Steve Driver (KBC Grounds Maintenance Team), Cllr Ian Jelley.

You can also view a video about the first stage of Meadow Road Park’s improvements at https://youtu.be/vfPo8RiZR4Y

Tree Planting at Desborough Greenspace

Kettering Borough Councillor Jim French of the Desborough St Giles Ward, organised 100 young trees to be planted, which were donated by the Boughton estates. Local people in Desborough also raised £600 to buy 30 mature saplings in memory of Bob Freeman, a longstanding member of The Desborough & District Group of the Wildlife Trust. The money was raised in honour of Mr Freeman’s work, and the trees were added to an existing copse, which Kettering Borough Council have agreed to formally name ‘Bobs Copse.’ Both batches from the Wildlife Trust and Councillor Jim French were planted together in the same area.