The Council Parks Department

The Council own the Park and manage the major tasks that require machinery - clearing the leaves in autumn and mowing regularly in spring and summer- and organise major tree surgery. We liaise with the Parks department and work mainly in the Memorial Garden and entrances and organise some major refurbishments such as the Pond. Any problems in the Park can be referred directly to Fix My Street.

The Friends Group

What we do, who we are, and how you can join in
What We Do

What We Do

Activities

Gardening and Litter: We meet on the first and third Sunday mornings of the month ( 10-12) and the first Wednesday afternoon (2-4). The details are on the Noticeboard along with other items of interest. We hold an AGM (currently in abeyance) and usually hold one special event to raise awareness and to raise funds for specific projects. Carols by candlelight are held in December

Who we are

Who we are

Basically we are you

We have about 130 members who donate a minimum of £5 a year. We have about 25 regular volunteers and we usually have 15 out on any one gardening session. We call upon everyone for special events.

How you can Join In

How you can Join In

Membership

The membership forms are on the website from the membership menu above. You can help in any number of ways from counting birds, butterflies, bats and insects, gardening and litter picking, organising and helping out with events, behind the scenes with the website and research. There are plenty of ways we have not thought of.

Use the menu above to explore the park, old photographs and history, the shrubs, and the interactive map of our wonderful trees and find out how you can have fun with us in the Park.

Activities

Gardening

Gardening

Everything from light pruning, weeding, to heavy shrub trimming and compost distribution. We work mostly in the Memorial Garden and the Sunderland and Henrietta Mews entrances but we seasonally remove leaves and sticks and prune the perimeter bushes, removing saplings and blackberries.

Litter Picking

Litter Picking

Every gardening session is preceded by a litter pick - we remove everything from motor scooters, gym equipment, to cigarette ends and bottle tops

Fund Raising Parties

Fund Raising Parties

Though the Council remain very active in the Park their funding is restricted. We halp out by having a fundraiser every year, specifically targeting a project - pond clearance, tree planting etc. These usually involve a large amount of work both planning and on the day, but we have several years of experience of this.

History

History

We have had extensive redearch doen by three volunteers in to the history of the park from its foundation to modern times but more is always welcome, particularly oral history.

 Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Part of our remit is to make sure that the park is used by everyone in the locality and we have organised Bat walks, Bird and Insect walks, Tree walks etc, We have produced a park map with all the trees including the champions, and tree and history trails and Schools activity trails.

The Environment

The Environment

As everyone walks round the park we are constantly told and monitor the state of the trees and shrubs. We have maintained monthly bird lists, but are always on the lookout for people to record butterflies and other insects and spiders, birds, bats. We have had lichen surveys done and we can alwayr report observations to the Bath Naturalists.

Groups

Groups

Various groups use the Park for activities, gyms and fitness instructors, circus artists, Tai Quondo,

Blog

FoHP Blog

Green Flag and South West In Bloom

Congratulations to  the Council,  our members and volunteers – : we have achieved the Green Flag award  again this year  and  from the South West in Bloom   It’s your Neighbourhood we achieved ‘Outstanding’ for  our Read more…

South West in Bloom

At the South West in Bloom  awards ceremony last week we were  awarded ” Outstanding”  at our first entry. We have been told that this is very unusual. So we can give ourselves a big Read more…

Party in the Park 2021

 A thank you to the Members and Volunteers and an Unveiling Instead of the big fundraising party  that we usually have each year,  we thought that after a trying 18 months we would just have Read more…

May, June, 2021

May was spent digging out the beds in the Memorial Garden and creating new beds by the front lawn. We planted Phormiums there as a striking architectural feature. A total of £700 was donated for Read more…

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