Sydney Gardens Project
Our Tree Weekender is here!
This weekend - 27 & 28 November -
join us online or in the park
for a wonderful celebration of trees
It's all free with something for all ages!
Celebrating the trees in Sydney Gardens and across the Forest of Avon on the first weekend of National Tree Week

Open the programme online and see what's on.

Go straight to Eventbrite for a full list of events and to book your FREE place.

There are walks (many are already fully booked), online talks, visual art and writing, learning about trees, meditation and wellbeing plus amazing online discussions and panels.  

Visit the Sydney Gardens Tree Weekender webpage 

Come to the National Tree Week Launch / Walk in Sydney Gardens with Lewis Morrison from the Tree Council on Saturday at 11.30am

Sydney Gardens Project Team, Parks Service, B&NES Council
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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Programmed by Rethinking Cities (who run the Urban Tree Festival), there are lots of FREE events and things to do!

How about:

Capture Create - a photo collage session in the park with artist Gail Astbury for ages 13+

Drawn to Trees - an online drawing workshop all about trees and the skyline with Ruth Broadbent - for all abilities aged 12+

The Great Ginkgo - all about the amazing properties of the Ginkgo for human health, with Hannah Sylvester

Tree Draw Walk - a live outdoor art studio with Lucia Harley - try out drawing trees!
Our online panel discussions are great opportunities to connect around parks and environment projects here in Bath – they last an hour.
Saturday 27th at 2.30pm
Tree planting and care in Bath and North East Somerset and the Forest of Avon Project - how can I get involved?
Hear from More Trees B&NES, the Tree Service at B&NES Council, Bathscape and the Forest of Avon plus information about the Tree Warden Scheme run by the National Tree Council.
Saturday 27th at 5.30pm
Right Tree, Right Place, Ask an Expert Panel about tree planting and care
Bring your tree-related questions to this open surgery and put them to our panel of experts - opportunities like this don't come around that often! - Mark Cassidy, Bath and North East Somerset Tree Officer, Lewis Morrison, Head of Major Tree Planting Projects, and Pam Smith, Senior National Consultant Garden and Parklands for the National Trust, chaired by Paul Wood @TheStreeTree
Sunday 28th at 3pm
Strengthening our Connection in Nature - a conversation circle
A fantastic line up of writers, doers and advocates who all have insights about our connections with nature and who will inspire you! - including Anita Roy who writes for the Country Diary in The Guardian, Mel Sutton, Yvonne Bignall and Rachel Dowse.
Walk to three trees in Sydney Gardens which tell us all about other places in the world in this fascinating tour, with Richard White, on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm on site.

Learn about Ancient Trees - Living Wonders and Arboreal Ecosystems with Greg Packman on Saturday at 4pm online

The Long List of entries from our Tree Writing Competition is publishedread them on our Medium site.

Come to the online celebratory finale - a showcase of poetry and prose and readings from the selected pieces - hosted by poet Caleb Parkin, on Sunday at 5pm.

Open our full event programme (downloadable PDF)

Tree drawings are by artist Alban Low.
Take our trails in the park:
History and Heritage, Jane Austen and Trees!
Pick up a printed leaflet from the perspex boxes at the park entrance behind the Holburne - we restock on Wednesday mornings, or access them online - they're mobile friendly!
Go to our trails webpage.

Our project archaeologist Susana Parker has compiled a brilliant activity resource for young history detectives. And Susana has thoroughly sorted out all places where and when Roman finds were discovered. Thank you Susana.

We are now creating two activity packs for kids about the history and the trees for self-led and school visits. They'll be ready soon.
Sydney Gardening
Gardening Volunteer Sessions every Wednesday
Small group gardening volunteer sessions are running every Wednesday from 10am to 11.30am, led by Mali and Matt, running through the year.

Please book in to a session here. There are different activities each week from bulb planting to clearning areas for planting. A warm welcome guaranteed in this friendly group of all ages! No experience needed. All tools provided. Risk assessed for Covid-safety. 

As a volunteer you also get first dibs on our free horticultural training programme.  If you'd like to get involved in gardening or conservation, or have any questions, please contact Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer. 
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 run a volunteer gardening session on the second Sunday of the month from 10am to 12 noon. There is a regular group of friendly people - contact Gill if you would like to join them. All tools provided and a warm welcome!

The Sydney Gardens Tree Trail has been created by the Friends in partnership with us. Over 600 trails have been taken from the perspex box in the park since we launched it last December with lots of views of the online version too. A new mobile friendly version will be out late Autumn.

Each tree on the trail has a QR code to access in depth information via the Friends website

Access the Sydney Gardens Tree Trail online or pick up a printed leaflet (in the perspex box by the notice board at the park entrance behind the Holburne). 

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 is being 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.

2020-21: Delivery of restoration, building works and landscaping, volunteering, and designing interpretation

2022: Continued delivery of the restoration and build, interpretation, with accompanying volunteer programme, some activities and partnership events

December 2022: Closure of the project

Read about our National Lottery Heritage Funding

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