Sydney Gardens Project
National Lottery Heritage Funded Park Restoration Project
March 2021
The lovely flowering Cherry currently blooming below the Temple of Minerva in Sydney Gardens yesterday.
Opportunities and updates
  • Inspiring free learning films for Under 5s and Nature Tots
  • Sydney Gardening plus a special volunteer online training in growing cut flowers
  • Nature Tots outdoor play sessions restart in April 
  • Our latest build developments
  • And don't forget to do the Tree Trail in the park

Best wishes,
Sue Palmer, Community Ranger
Mali Kedward, Horticultural Participation Officer
Matt Watson, Horticultural Apprentice
Keith Rowe, Project Manager

Sydney Gardens Project Team, Parks Service, B&NES Council
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Follow us on Facebook @SydneyGardensBath
Nature Learning Films for Early Years Online
Calling all Nature Tots - Under 5s!
Use these fabulous films made by our Nature Tots session leader Holly Dabbs from Foxglove Forest School to inspire you and your toddler to get out into nature!

Find 3 short films available on Colour, Size and Sound, with accompanying PDF activity sheets on our webpage

You can go to Sydney Gardens, your local park or green space, or you can play in your garden or take a walk in your neighbourhood.  We hope they inspire you to explore nature!
Here is Freddie the Fox inviting you to explore colour in your local park or green space.
Nature Tots outdoor play sessions are being planned to start up again on Friday mornings from 23rd of April. 

The sessions for Under 5s will run in Sydney Gardens led by Holly Dabbs and Foxglove Forest School.  We are no longer able to offer these sessions for free but we are supporting bursary places for parents / carers on low incomes. 

More details in our next e-news with announcements on social media.
Sydney Gardening
Planning a Cut Flower Garden (online training)
Saturday 13th March - 10am to 11.30am

Would you like to grow beautiful cut flowers in your own garden this year? 

Spaces are limited so this training is for people who volunteer or wish to volunteer with the Sydney Gardens Project

Join our experienced trainer Kilda Meadows in this online training to discover which seeds to choose and when to sow for beautiful cut flowers that last all season. She will also guide you through the process of cutting and conditioning your flowers ready to have long-lasting beautiful flowers in your home. 

Seed sowing kits will be provided in advance of the training. Reserve your place. Email Mali Kedward with any questions.

Sydney Gardening - Wednesday Volunteer Sessions
We are planning to restart weekly small group (rule of 6) gardening volunteer sessions from Wednesday 31st March.

Interested?  If you'd like to get involved in gardening in the park, 
 in horticultural training or conservation, please contact Mali Kedward.  There's lots to do this summer!
The Sydney Gardens team - Mali and Matt - have been working on clearing the Rockery.  The mulch, with cardboard underneath, laid last year has supressed the weeds - hurrah!  Long term we plan to plant this area with grasses, but this year it's going to be Sunflowers. We will be doing a call out to ask you to help - more about this in April ...
Covid-19 update and Sydney Gardens
Please follow the government guidance during the current lockdown.

Click here for updates from Bath & NE Somerset Council about Covid-19.

We hope you enjoy using Sydney Gardens as part of your daily exercise, despite the disruptions of the construction.

There has been an increase in litter and in dog poo in the park. With so many people using parks including Sydney Gardens, it is even more important to care for our green spaces.

Please do not litter and pick up your dog's poo! Thank you!

Our build programme has been affected by the Covid pandemic and by the current lockdown by around 9 months. We anticipate it will continue to affect our schedule. Currently, we are still planning to complete the restoration project by March 2022.  
Construction and restoration update
We found these two last week trying to crack the combination lock to our compound!! They clearly can't wait to get into the new play area!!

The Play Area – We’re expecting to start on creating the new play area before the end of March and will start with the demolition of the Bowls Club. This will then be followed by a few weeks of moving soils around the area, prior to working out the final levels. Topsoiling will then be carried out in April/ May.
The Community Pavilion and Public Loos – The extension walls have been built and new roof rafters installed. Internal stud walling is being completed and the new extension will have its roof installed soon.

The external landscape is currently being set out and preparations are being made to install the new foundations ready for the return of the restored iron Ladies WC in April. 
Nearby the new petanque/ boules piste is taking shape and has had its initial sub-base installed.
The area around the Loggia has been cleared by Parsons Landscapes.

The Friends of Sydney Gardens are working out a planting plan with Georgian era plants to set the building off to the best effect, and this planting will be undertaken in the Autumn after the restoration of the Loggia is complete.

Parsons Landscapes have also cleared the former allotment area to the north of the Gardens (between the canal and railway) and have put in the base for the pathway that will provide a new route from the Warminster Road into the Gardens.

Tennis - We hope to be able to let people play tennis once again on the upper tennis courts, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Conservation works - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation are due to start on the Loggia in April, but they are now on site and have started clearing the old Ruin in the depot in order to better identify the schedule of works required.

Below is a rather lovely image of the layers of time visible in the building, with a Buddleia taking full advantage of the opportunity to grow on top of the wall.
Sydney Gardens Tree Trail
Trees have stories to tell - how did the Giant Sequoia get its name and how did it come to be in Sydney Gardens? What is the connection between the Yellow Bean Tree and a musical instrument? 

Read this in-depth investigation on botany, empire and deep time by the artist, researcher and academic Richard S White about the wider heritage and historical context of some of the magnificent trees in Sydney Gardens.  

The Sydney Gardens Tree Trail has been created by the Friends of Sydney Gardens in partnership with the Sydney Gardens Project. The Friends are currently working on tree labels for a selection of trees - we'll let you know when they are up!

Access the Sydney Gardens Tree Trail online - download the PDF on your computer or phone.

Or pick up a printed leaflet from the perspex box by the notice board at the park entrance behind the Holburne as part of your daily exercise. We're restocking it as often as we can - we keep finding the box empty!

The tree trail is being trialled before we make a final version later in 2021 so do give us feedback!

The Friends of Sydney Gardens
The Friends of Sydney Gardens is a community organisation formed in 2013 to promote awareness of the gardens, gather community feedback on improvements and developments and to foster the gardens' care and maintenance.

The Friends will be restarting their popular and welcoming volunteer gardening session on the second Sunday of the month as soon as restrictions ease.
The Friends also run much needed weekend litter picks.

Can you spare an hour to help?

Please help support your local green space - contact Gill Gazzard at the Friends. 

Please join the Friends to support Sydney Gardens now and in the future.
Sydney Gardens National Lottery Heritage Funded Project
Sydney Gardens is one of Britain’s best remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens.
Find out more about Sydney Gardens in the past.

The National Lottery Heritage Funding will be used to restore historic buildings, invest in landscape works and garden restoration, and create new play areas for all ages.
Find out more about Sydney Gardens

Alongside the works, a programme of events and activities is being run: learning, arts, nature, horticulture, wildlife, play, sport, archaeology and history. The project will celebrate the fascinating history of the Gardens, with its Cosmorama, Labyrinth, Merlins Swing, Concerts, Public Breakfasts, Galas and Illuminations.

What's happening:

Our project started the 'Delivery Phase' on 1st February 2019:
2019: Detailed technical design, programming of works, with public events, activities, training and volunteering.
2020: Delivery of restoration, building works and landscaping, volunteering and training programme, and designing interpretation
2021: Continued delivery of the restoration and build with accompanying volunteer and training programme, activities and partnership events
2022: Completion of the project

Read about our National Lottery Heritage Funding

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