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Pavilion at the Park Bedford

Bedford Park

locally produced, seasonal food. We cook simple and imaginative dishes and high quality British cuisine.

The Anne Frank Tree

There are many lovely trees in Russell Park, some for climbing on, some for playing hide and seek behind; many for picnicking under. And then there is one, other tree. At the far end of the park there is a small horse chestnut tree, with a plaque next to it. This is the Anne Frank Tree. The plaque on the Anne Frank Tree

It was planted almost 15 years ago, on the 15th of May 2000, by the then mayor Carole Maxwell Elllis. It is, as the plaque says, a memorial to all children who died in war and conflict during the 2oth century.

In her diary, Anne mentions the horse chestnut tree that she can see from her attic window several times.  On the 23rd Febuary 1944, six months before her secret hideout was discovered:

"From my favourite spot on the floor, I look up and see the blue sky and bare chestnut tree on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. When I looked outside and into the depth of nature and God, I was happy, really happy."

The Tree Anne could see from her window

The horse chestnut in Russell Park is a small reminder of all of the children who were unlucky enough to be caught up in the conflicts of the 2oth Century. It also provides a place to gather and reflect on Holocaust Remembrance Day, held once a year on the 27th January.

A place to reflect

It really is a remarkable tree.

Summer opening times

pavilion open 9-5pm, seven days a week
the window stays open until 6pm

last food orders 4:15pm

We occasionally close early for private bookings. Please always call us to book a table & avoid being disappointed!

July 9th: Cafe Closed from 11, Window open all day

we are open 7 days a week and dogs are welcome on our heated veranda

01234 351104

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