Clemson's Park celebrates 50th anniversary.

Clemson's Park view with 5 oak tree species

Clemson's Park view with 5 oak tree species

Fri 24 Jul 2020

A local park which is well-known for its attractive collection of trees has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Clemson’s Park was donated to the people of Littleover by the Clemson family, and originally formed  part of their land behind their property on Burton Road.

Clemson's Park news articleDerby Libraries  - Derby Evening Telegraph on Clemson's Park

A photograph from our Local Studies Library appeared in the Derby Evening Telegraph on 12th June 1970, and shows Mrs D A Clemson unveiling a commemorative plaque.

Derby Libraries  - Mrs Clemson unveiling plaqueClemsons Park - dedication stone at entrance from Austen Ave

In a second photograph, Mrs Clemson is seen planting a beech tree, with the Mayor, Councillor Miss Eleanor Grimwood-Taylor, standing next to her and children from Carlisle (sic) Infants School in the background.

Derby Libraries  - Mrs Clemson planting beech tree

Although the beech tree planted by Mrs Clemson no longer stands, the park now has more than 50 different species of trees, including oak, maple, rowan, whitebeam, poplar, birch and beech, making it an attractive local arboretum. The Friends of Littleover Parks, who look after Clemson Park, have produced a walking route identifying a number of the trees. Volunteers are planning to plant more trees in the autumn.

Clemsons Park - Alnus cordata (Italian alder) planted by Mrs Clemson Clemsons Park - Alnus cordata leaves and cones planted by Mrs ClemsonClemsons Park - plaque under Alnus cordata planted 10-Jun-1970

The Friends have launched a fundraising campaign to provide a bench or specimen trees to mark the 50th anniversary. To find out more about the trees in the park, and to contact them if you would like to make a donation, go to the Friends of Littleover Parks page

	 Clemsons Park - entrance from Austen Ave with dedication stone

Today the plaque unveiled by Mrs Clemson, and a smaller plaque to mark the tree planting can be seen, with a handsome Italian Alder standing near the site of the original beech.

Clemsons Park - view over ridge and furrow to setting sun