Sydney Gardens Project
National Lottery Heritage Funded Park Restoration Project

Heritage Open Day Tomorrow!
Saturday 18 September 
12 noon to 4pm

Come and find us on the lower lawn!
And the launch of the brand new ....
* Tours of the Gardens *
* Printing & Crafting *
* Make a print of the Labyrinth and find the middle *

* Go inside the newly restored Ironwork Loos *
* Take a peek at the Ruin *


12 noon - Take a tour of the park with historic buildings architect James Cusick from BBA Architects and Sue Palmer the Community Ranger to find out about our park restoration project - reserve your free place.

1.30pm & 3.00pm - Take a historic tour of the park with the Friends of Sydney Gardens - reserve your free place.

Bath Preservation Trust from the Beckford’s Tower Our Tower Project will be there too, running some free craft activities for primary age children. Come and make a tower!  Plus RSPB stall on site.

Great Big Green Week activity
Wildflower meadow enhancement

Wednesday 22 September - 4pm to 5.30pm

Join Mali and Sue in Sydney Gardens to help enhance the park's long grass areas with wildflower plug plants *this Wednesday coming*.

For more Big Green Week events in your area, have a look at

Please contact Mali for details.
Austen Autumn!
Jane Austen in Sydney Gardens trail
This Autumn, Georgian Bath comes alive with a multitude of Jane Austen events and experiences across the city and our trail in Sydney Gardens written by historian Diana White is part of it. 

At the Holburne Museum from now until 27 September, there is a unique chance to see the only widely accepted depiction of Jane Austen (1775–1817) outside London, with the sketch of the novelist by her sister Cassandra, lent by the National Portrait Gallery.
So why not take a trip to the Holburne and follow our Jane Austen trail together. Pick up printed trails from the perspex boxes near the park entrance behind the Holburne or follow the more in-depth online mobile-friendly version
Nature Tots - new season!
Holly Dabbs from Foxglove Forest School leads the Nature Tots sessions in Sydney Gardens on Fridays from 10am to 11am.

Holly's sessions for Under 5s are very popular. For full details and to book please go to the Foxglove Forest School website. 

The Sydney Gardens Project is funding 4 low cost bursary places for families on low incomes or UC. Please contact Holly directly through her website to find out more.
New Outdoor Exercise Class for 55+ Free!
Tuesdays from 11am to 12 noon
If you’re 55+ and want to try out an outdoor exercise class but not sure if it’s right for you, here’s the perfect opportunity, for free!

This is a small group (12 places) for residents of B&NES, led by personal trainer Amy Pattenden. You can sign up for just one to try it out, or book in for all 8 sessions starting 21 September.

Keeping active is our best chance at living a long and healthy life, and it’s never too late to try something new. Plus you will be outside in Sydney Gardens!! Go here to our Eventbrite site for details and booking!

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's lots of planting this Autumn!  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. 

Here’s a photo of Matt and Tierian in front of the sunflowers last week. Matt grew lots of the sunflowers from seed up in our nursery at Royal Victoria Park, the rest were grown by local families. These have been planted out by volunteers, students and children from local schools. It's a fantastic display and the birds will be eating the seeds through the Autumn!
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: 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
March 2022: Completion of the project

Read about our National Lottery Heritage Funding

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