Where the grass isn’t always greener.

Good to hear B&NES has finally given up on trying to make grass grow under the large one hundred year old Plane tree in Abbey Green.

Every year they lay new turf and every year – by the time the summer is through, there isn’t a blade of grass left to see.

The Council has been working with Bath Tourism Plus and the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) to find a solution that is more appealing, durable and authentic.

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No more money wasted on turf laying.

The soil surface has been carefully removed using an air spade to prevent damage to the tree and will be replaced by a self-binding gravel, a type of surface used historically.

Divisional Director for Environmental Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, Martin Shields, said: “The Council has been aware that the area under the large tree in Abbey Green is not particularly attractive and we wanted to find a positive solution. The new surface will be a mellow golden colour and offers a respectful solution to the historic landscape and tree.”

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The London Plane in Abbey Green surrounded by bare soil and Christmas Market huts.

Louise Prynne, Chief Executive of The Bath Business Improvement District said: “Bath BID is happy to make a contribution to this reinstatement in partnership with B&NES Council and Visit Bath to enable the work to be completed. This activity helps futureproof the area, making both a sustainable and positive impact on the environment as well as improving the appeal of Abbey Green.”

Work on the new surface is expected to be completed and all equipment removed from the site by the end of Friday 19 May.