Sydney Gardens Project
National Lottery Heritage Funded Park Restoration Project
It's April !
Plan of the new play area now under construction with 1) Tennis 2) Basketball 3) Table Tennis 4) Panna Football 5) Climbing, swinging and sliding 6) Cycle Parking and Water Fountain 7) Sand & Water Play and 8) Natural & Imaginative Play. Some details are subject to change.
What's happening in the park?
Our build moves forward and work on the play area gathers pace!
As restrictions ease, we are restarting activities in small groups or as self-led.
Take care of each other and the park at this time - be kind!
Our April news has lots in it. So whizz down to what interests you ...
  • Sydney Gardening - Grow Sunflowers with us!
  • Bird song Training
  • Free family Easter holiday trail - canals and Canaletto!
  • World Heritage Day Walks
  • Nature Tots 
  • Build and restoration update
We welcome volunteers across gardening, conservation, research, documentation and social media. Please get in touch if you're interested and we can talk about opportunities.

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.
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Get involved in your park!
The Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation are kicking off their 'Your Park' activities this month starting in Green Park on Thursday 29 April. To find out more, please register to receive updates from them here
Sydney Gardening
Grow Sunflowers with Us!
Wednesday 14th April - 2pm to 4pm

Would you like to grow a Sunflower for Sydney Gardens (and one for yourself too?)

Collect a sunflower seed sowing kit from Sydney Gardens this Easter holiday to help us grow some sunflowers for the park.

Limited kits available - family friendly activity! 
For all the details and to reserve a kit for collection from the park on Wednesday 14th April, book here.

Wednesday Gardening Volunteer Sessions
Small group (rule of 6) gardening volunteer sessions are running every Wednesday from 10am to 11.30am, led by Mali and Matt. Please book a place on a session here

No experience needed. All tools provided. Risk assessed for Covid-safety.  Please contact Mali if you have questions. 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, please contact Mali Kedward, the Horticultural Participation Officer.  There's lots to do this summer!
Mali and Matt with the help of volunteers, have been working on the Rockery. We are making this a more 'playful' garden, as the kids love running around here in and out of the bamboo, as it's near the London Plane Tree Trunk.  It's just been filled with plants grown by Matt, our Horticultural Apprentice. 
Horticultural Training session - Make a Willow Tipi!
Saturday 17 April - 10am - 12 noon

Weave a beautiful willow plant support for your beans and sweet peas to climb.

Join experienced trainer and cut flower extraordinaire Kilda Meadows in this outdoor workshop in Sydney Gardens. You will learn the traditional art of willow weaving to create your own plant support to take home. Numbers are limited to keep groups small, booking is essential.

Birdsong and Bird ID training with Lucy Delve
Tuesday 20 April - 7am to 8.30am
Tune your ears to birdsong on this small group training in bird song and bird ID. Join bird listener Lucy Delve - a Bath based naturalist, birder and walk leader - on a training session in Sydney Gardens on Tuesday 20 April from 7am to 8.30am.

We are inviting people who live near to the park (within a 15 minute walk) to take part in this free training with only 4 places available. We welcome those who already volunteer on the Sydney Gardens Project, or are interested in volunteering on future conservation sessions to book a place. Only 2 places left!
Activities and Events coming up ...
Easter holiday Art & Nature self led family trail 
Come and play in Sydney Gardens inspired by canals and Canaletto! 

We have partnered with the Holburne Learning Team to create this beautiful self led trail for primary aged children that takes you on a creative journey around the park and ends with a something special for you to make!

Collect the free paper trail from a special box at the front of 
the Holburne and the cafe garden any day from Monday 12th April to Sunday 18th April. The box will be restocked daily, but the trail is only available during the Holburne daytime opening hours.
Please make sure you respect social distancing and make space for others while you're in Sydney Gardens. Please follow the government guidance. Click here for updates from Bath & NE Somerset Council about Covid-19

We hope you enjoy using Sydney Gardens despite the disruptions of the construction.
World Heritage Day Walks
on the Edges of Sydney Gardens
Journeys on the edge of Sydney Gardens for curious people, hosted by artist and writer Richard White and the Sydney Gardens Project. Walk the perimeter of Sydney Gardens - an exploration of the edgelands of the park - looking for stories, surprises and connections.

The Sydney Gardens park restoration project is marking World Heritage Day by opening up the layers of heritage and history surrounding the historic Georgian Pleasure Gardens - read more and to book.
Update: These two walks have booked up very quickly, and now full to capacity (rule of 6). We will be running more walks like this in Sydney Gardens in the summer. Please add your name to the waitlist - click to book a place and when you see the 'Sold Out' button, look for 'Add to Waitlist'. You will then be notified as soon as we have organised more explorations.

If you're interested in exploring the layers and associations of the trees in Sydney Gardens, read Richard's extended essay on botany, empire and deep here, written for the Sydney Gardens Project.
Nature Tots with Foxglove Forest School
Nature Tots outdoor sessions are being run in Sydney Gardens on Friday mornings by Holly Dabbs Dabbs and Foxglove Forest School plus Freddie the Fox!

A block of 5 sessions starts Friday 23 April (nearly fully booked), and another block of 6 sessions starts Friday 11 June from 10am to 11am. 

We are no longer able to offer free sessions but we are funding bursary places for parents / carers on low incomes. There is *one* bursary place left on sessions starting 23 April. Interested? - please get in touch with Holly by email ASAP.
Contact Holly directly if you want to be the first to hear about booking in to the sessions starting 11 June. If demand increases then Holly may organise another set of Nature Tots sessions.

Also - a reminder that Holly made 3 short films to inspire you and your tot to explore nature - Colour, Size and Sound, with accompanying PDF activity sheets.
Urban Fox Fitness Classes restarting
Urban Fox Fitness are planning to restart sessions in the park with small group classes in April. Their classes are themed to StrongFox to build muscular strength, and SweatyFox for a healthy heart and lungs and functional fitness. Both are suitable for all levels of ability. 

All info and booking:
Thank you to the litter pickers!

There has been an increase in litter across all parks recently. With so many people using parks including Sydney Gardens, it is even more important to care for our green spaces.

If the litter bins are full, take it home with you!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers from the Friends of Sydney Gardens who litter pick in the park every weekend - Jonny, Bea, Wendy, Ed, Sam, Patsy, Charles, Gill and Terry - you make Sydney Gardens so much better!

Construction and restoration update
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.  
The tennis courts at the top of the park have been left open for ‘turn-up and play’ using the temporary markings — you are welcome to use them. Once the weather is warmer and drier the courts will have their final coat of paint and new gates will be installed.

The Community Pavilion and Public Loos:  The new roof rafters and structure are installed and the extension  is now visible.

The landscape works continue to be set out in this area including around the Gardener's Lodge, and we're getting ready for the return of the restored iron Ladies WC later this Spring. 

The new petanque / boules piste is also progressing very well. 
Work on earth movements and creating the levels for the layout of the new play area is now moving forward well. We have an 'archaeology watch' on site throughout these works to see if anything is revealed from the historic layers!
Conservation works - Sally Strachey Historic Conservation are on site and working on the old Ruin in the former depot. They are also working on restoring the old Kiosk by the Bathwick Street entrance.

The Loggia at the top of the park has also had underpinning work done, before the scaffold goes up this Spring.

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 Tree Trail

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! Our thanks to Antonia Johnson for her very useful help with the trail.

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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