The people who maintain Bath’s parks usually take great
care over their appearance so you can imagine my shock when l came across a huge pile of earth and rubble beside a path in the city’s illustrious Royal Victoria Park.
Turns out – when you get closer and read the notice board – that this rubble is – l quote – ‘destined to become part of a new colourful wildflower area in Royal Victoria Park.’
The pile apparently comes from ‘the excavations for the new RVP skatepark’ so B&NES is ‘helping to recycle material which would otherwise have gone to landfill.’
This 46 acre site is a very early example of a British public park and was designed in 1829. Building work started in January of the following year with nearly 200 men employed on the project.
The Duchess of Kent and her daughter Princess Victoria officially opened the park on October 28th 1830 – hence the name Royal Victoria Park.