I was born at home in a house in Walden End in Stevenage New Town in 1959, when the new town was in its infancy. My Parents had moved out of London to get somewhere to live. My Father had got a job with the new town Development Corporation, which came with the promise of housing. This picture is from May 1960 when I was almost a year old.
An enormous building site
Growing up in a new town all the gardens were as the builders had left them, full of rubble with chestnut paling fences between them, no big shrubs or trees. Everything was new, the houses, the roads, the schools. The town centre shops were under construction. It was really an enormous building site.
On the green in front of the houses there were rows of matchstick saplings, I just assumed that this is what all trees looked like. The landscape was a lot like an artist’s line drawing of a new settlement. When I look at Stevenage now, it has filled out as the trees have matured and everywhere has been completed and decorated by nature.