On Parade.

No quill this year but the book-shaped ironwork is being pressed back into use.

Parks Department gardeners were hard at work again today getting plantings in Parade Gardens ready for this weekend’s big Bath Spring Fayre.

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The ‘fallow’ square bed by the bandstand has been planted up. The metal work is for gazebos being erected near by.

True to their word a new border has been installed around the sunny side of what is left of the Monk’s Mill and other empty beds filled with plants.

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The new planting around part of the Monk’s Mill ruin.

Though the metal quill has gone last year’s Jane Austen book has been retained for a new display.

It’s all about owls this year with a new charity sculpture of Sulis Minerva’s little friend popping up around the city – and individually decorated – to raise money for charity. There will be one joining the book a little later in the season but – for now – the bed in front has been newly planted.

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The book is going to have an ow;l design this year – but that will be done a little later this season and after the Spring Fayre has been cleared away.

Marquees and tents are going up for the various attractions which include heritage plant sales, artisan crafts and gifts and children’s entertainment.

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The information board at No 4 needs attention.

Meanwhile, another feature in a little garden – not too far away – could do with a ‘spring clean’.

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The information board is unreadable!

The information board – at the entrance to the Georgian garden at Number 4 The Circus – could do with a wipe as sap and dust have combined to make it nearly unreadable. I am told the Parks Department have the matter in hand!