Centre-stage at the market for Abbey Green tree.

Sunday, May 21st marks the start of a regular monthly Sunday market in Bath’s Abbey Green.

And taking pride of place will be the ancient giant Plane tree in its centre which has been given a new look.

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The Plane tree is thought to be one of the oldest architecturally planted trees in the world – arriving as a sapling in 1793.

B&NES has finally conceded that planting new turf around its base every year was a waste of money as the grass was always dead by the time summer was over.

Instead they are trying something a bit different.

A spokesperson told Bath Newseum:

‘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.
 
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.’
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Traders are pleased to see the job has been completed in time for Sunday’s inaugural market.

I spoke to one of them. Laurence Swan owns both the Georgian Tea Rooms and the Bath Bun Tea Rooms and is a Director of Bath BID.

The Independent Bath Market  in Abbey Green will feature up to 25 stalls. A selection of  small independent family businesses, makers, growers, crafters, artisans and producers from the local area.

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Silvana de Soissons of The Foodie Bugle

The monthly market is the brainchild of Silvana de Soissons of The Foodie Bugle   in Abbey Green.