It’s gold for Jane


That anniversary Jane Austen floral display in Bath’s Parade Gardens has helped the city win a gold award in the South West in Bloom competition.

The display under construction

The Bath in Bloom committee co-ordinates the city’s application and judging route every year with Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Parks Department and the Bath BID who work to furnish the city with the best floral displays possible.

The finished display.

The city has seen a massive transformation this past year through the investment of valued retail partners such as Southgate and Kingsmead Square without overlooking the continued support of the much valued independent sector such as Milsom Place and Walcot Street who are of immense value in retaining our legacy as a beautiful and vibrant ‘floral city’.

Flowers in Milsom Street

The BID completed the picture this year with a full suite of planters through Milsom Street and Upper Borough Walls.

The use of perennial plantings on Orange Grove were acknowledged as were the use of water capturing reservoirs in the floral containers that have greatly improved the sustainability of the city’s entry.

The jewel of the crown however was the Jane Austen bed at the Parade Gardens, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her death this year. The bed shows a book with the statement ‘Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?’ from Northanger Abbey complete with a copper quill and ink pot.

B&NES Parks’ Department received generous sponsorship from Wessex Water, Rotork, Minuteman Press, Cross manufacturing, Ajuga Holdings, Mallory Jewellers and The Charter Trustees whose kind support has helped to make Bath golden this year and we will continue to require more if we are to maintain our nationally acclaimed standing. If you are interested please contact the Bath in Bloom Committee on 01225 837885.


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  1. Good to see some parks are being looked after – at Moorlands Park off Englishcombe Lane Baskervilles Gym have submitted another application to extend the gym and turn most of the middle field in to a car park. Planning reference Ref 17/04475/FUL please take a look – perhaps Richard you could investigate how our green space is protected from development.

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