September update from Sydney Gardens
A short e-news with some updates:
  • We have cancelled the project team and volunteer 'Rockery Investigation' event this Sunday 23rd September due to bad weather
  • Selected documents from our HLF Parks for People Application are now available on our website
  • Hannah Myall, our project Heritage Intern is leaving us - we wish her well
  • The Friends of Sydney Gardens Volunteer Gardening sessions continue on the Second Sunday of the month
  • Public Consultation on Kensington Meadows is open til Sunday 30th September
Read on....

Our next e-news won't be for a couple of months, so we hope you find the time to enjoy the Autumn colours in the park.

Please forward this e-news on to your friends and neighbours. And follow us on Facebook: @SydneyGardensBath

Best wishes

Sue Palmer, Sydney Gardens Community Ranger
Keith Rowe, Project Manager
Hannah Myall, Heritage Intern
Sydney Gardens Project Team, Parks Service, B&NES Council
Investigating the Rockery - Sunday 23rd September
Cancelled due to weather warnings.
Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People Round 2 Application
We submitted our Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Parks for People Fund on 15th August.

What happens now:
HLF officers will assess the application. We will also host a visit from the HLF to Sydney Gardens in the late Autumn to hear first hand about the need for the restoration project. We will find out the outcome of our application in January 2019. If successful, the restoration project will start in February 2019 and run for three years.

When and where you can view the HLF application:
The Round 2 application was a compilation of a huge number of documents. We have put a selection of the submitted documents on our website. Scroll down the page to find links to: The Design Masterplan, Conservation Plan, Design and Access Statement, Maintenance and Management Plan, Public Consultation and Exhibition Report and the Activity Plan.

Please contact the Community Ranger Sue Palmer if you have any questions.
Our thanks to Hannah, the project Heritage Intern
Hannah Myall, the Sydney Gardens Heritage Intern who joined the project in July 2017 is leaving us at the end of this month.  Hannah's internship comes to a close with the end of our Round 1 Development Phase and we are very sad about that.

Hannah has trawled the archives, read the books, collected the photos and articles, and drawn together an extensive 'gazetteer' covering the 200 year history from its beginnings as a Georgian Pleasure Gardens to contemporary park life, including identifying the gaps that we want to find out more about.
Hannah also has spend many hours helping at events, running communications and designing the monthly poster updates in the park.  She leaves behind a fantastic legacy of information about the heritage of the park, and as a parting gift will be writing up the inspiring talks she gave about the history of Sydney Gardens as a blog post, which will be available on our website at the end of September.

Our very best wishes and thanks to Hannah for all that she has done for the Sydney Gardens Project. We will sincerely miss her as part of the team. And we wish her all the best in her future adventures. Here is a photo of a sunflower that Hannah took in the park that is currently on the park update poster!

Our walks as part of Bathscape Walking Festival
Laura Mullholland, Ecologist with the Canal & River Trust, led a fantastic Bat Walk and Talk for us on Tuesday night in Sydney Gardens. 17 of us went along to hear about the species and habits of British Bats, and then spent time tracking and listening to the Common Pipistrelle and the Soprano Pipistrelle on the bat detectors around the Temple of Minerva, the Holly Walk and the Canal.
We also ran a Dementia Friendly walk and tour of Sydney Gardens led by Mary Coran-Courtney, artist with the Holburne Museum and Sue Palmer, Community Ranger.  Our thanks to Bathscape Walking Festival for partnering with us on these events. There is still a weekend of walking coming up.
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.  Join the Friends to support Sydney Gardens now and in the future.

Volunteer Gardening Sessions take place on the second Sunday of the month from 10am to 12 noon, led by FoSG. They have the tools - just go along and join in! Bring your own gardening gloves if you have them, if not, the Friends have a few spares.
Next session is Sunday 14th October. Meet by the 'compound gates' by the Holburne entrance into the park. The Friends welcome new volunteers and it's a great way to help in the park.

Tasks generally include some weeding, planting, pruning, and managing the flower borders. Sessions are usually led by Jonny East, Chair of FoSG and a gardener himself. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Kensington Meadows Public Consultation

As part of an ongoing plan to improve parks and greenspaces across Bath and North East Somerset, B&NES wants to better understand how Kensington Meadows is used and hear your views on how it could be improved for people and wildlife.

B&NES Parks Service want this to be the start of a long term programme of improvements for the park, and to kick start the process the Council has £55,000 of Section 106 developer contributions to spend on improvements on the ground. Take part in the consultation here.

Sydney Gardens Parks for People Project
Sydney Gardens is one of Britain’s best remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens. It opened in 1795 and was a favourite spot of Jane Austen.

Find out more about Sydney Gardens

If successful with the full grant bid, the funding will be used to restore historic buildings, invest in landscape works and garden restoration, and create new play areas for all ages. Alongside the works, a programme of events and activities around art, nature, horticulture, wildlife, play, sport, archaeology and history will take place. The project will celebrate the fascinating history of the Gardens, with its Cosmorama, Labyrinth, Merlins Swing, Concerts, Public Breakfasts, Galas and Illuminations.

Find out more about Sydney Gardens in the past.
Website: Sydney Gardens, Bath
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