What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday – down at Riverside’s new Elizabeth Park – the not so pretty sight of dead trees in the middle of a grassy-green sward which was being mown.

 

Today – the withered branches are no more and there are signs of a partial opening. The trees will be replaced with living specimens.

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Crest Nicholson’s new recreational creation has not had an easy birth.

Half of it settling in nicely but the other half was a little behind. Even now the grass seed is only just showing.

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There is a hazel hedge also looking like it will have to be replaced, but l am hearing of a soft opening of part of the park – with the seeded area fenced off to allow it to continue growing.

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In the middle of it all – now taken out of its crate – is a new bench specially created by local sculptor Patrick Haines.

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With the Herschel Chairs – by the Victoria Bridge – already to his credit – he has now crafted the Jenyn’s Bench in honour of the Rev Leonard Jenyn’s – a 19th century naturalist and author – who lived in Bath towards the end of his life.

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The two scrolls from the old Destructor Bridge have yet to be put in place. It’s my understanding there will be a celebrity-led official opening of Elizabeth Park early in July.

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Meanwhile – on my wander back through to Green Park Station – a pat on the back for Bath BID workers Jenny and Cam busy clearing – what was a lovely seating area by the Avon – from overgrowth, bottle and general rubbish. It’s being done on behalf of Sainsburys.