On 31st August 2017 Neil Westerman provided the following clarification on the history of the trees on South Parade and the involvement of Tenby Civic Society (previously Friends of Tenby) –
TREES IN SOUTH PARADE
Hopefully the following extracts from the 1959 and 1961 issues of the Tenby Observer will help clear up the picture with regards the trees.
January 16 1959: ‘If bus bays are installed in South Parade it will mean that five live trees and two dead ones will need to be felled’
January 23 1959: Latest development is the announcement that three residents have signified their intention of forming an amenities committee for the town with the primary object of trying to preserve Tenby’s trees and buildings [D. Morse Brown, M I Wilkins and J E M Copland].
January 30 1959: Public meeting is being held in the Scout’s Hall… with the object of forming an association for the protection of the amenities of the town and the welfare of its people.
February 6 1959: Nearly 150 people attended meeting. Mr Bromley suggested the formation of an association known as the Friends of Tenby. Agreed.
February 13, 1959: headline ‘Trees to stay, buses to go’
MARCH 29 1959: The trees in Tenbys South Parade were described as ‘unfortunate specimens’ by the planning officer during Mondays meeting of the national park committee. He added that they needed to be replaced.
May 8, 1959 Tree plan drawn up by the friends includes: 1. A 5 year plan to be drawn up for the removal of all the trees in the South Parade and White Lion St, the trees to be replaced by partially grown trees, 2. All dead and decayed trees to be removed immediately from South Parade and White Lion Street.
February 17, 1961. Friends Annual Meeting Report – March 27, 1960 21 Red Chestnut trees had been planted by the Friends of Tenby in the South Parade ‘To the glory of God and for the beauty of the town’.
Copies of these newspapers can be consulted at Tenby Library.
22nd August 2017
Here is a picture of the refurbished plaque back in place.
17th July 2017 – Tudor Thomas (Chairman) writes
The refurbishment of the plaque has now been completed and the ceremonial refixing will take place at 5.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday). All are welcome to attend if only to watch me fall off the ladder. Photo for newsletter and Observer,