Thanks Kenny!

Meet Kenny – the cricket-loving volunteer who has been tending to the artist-inspired rusty planters on the city end of the London Road.

These controversial containers – designed to rust and each bearing portrait quotes – have been loved and loathed in equal measures – especially by motorists who had claimed the blocked the views for traffic coming out of side roads.

He’s the man ensuring that Mother Nature has a presence in this prime location within our material world.

Also bumped into Nat Cross the urban farmer who has set up a new shop beside the first towpath tunnel leading into Sydney Gardens.

Nat now has two market garden sites serving his local produce shop which is open on Saturday mornings.

Went out for lunch in the quirky Flemish Weaver pub at Corsham just recently. Our meal was served into our cosy cubbyhole ( a small space or room) and thoroughly enjoyed.

We’d ‘phoned ahead to reserve a table – not knowing how busy the place could be – and had to take a picture of our reservation. Most unusual spelling of my name l have seen to date.

Someone told me the place was haunted. So must be a ghost writer!

Pleased to see the first cycle lights to appear in Bath have been installed around the newly-resurfaced Queen Square.

Just a couple of seconds advantage here though over those four wheeler behind us and maybe the timer needs upping to five seconds at least!?

Finally, things have started moving in Sydney Gardens where a Heritage Lottery Fund grant is going to allow for a major renovation and restoration of this much-loved open space.

The two stone entrance pillars are being removed this week to allow contractors plant machinery to gain access to this rare example of what is the only remaining 18th century pleasure gardens in the country.

While its heritage and history will be respected the money is going to be spent on improving the environment and public access.

Keith Rowe – who is Project Manager for Sydney Gardens – told Bath Newseum: “The concern was that with the Main Entrance off Bathwick Street being the only vehicular access to Sydney Gardens and hence the only way we can bring materials in, that the existing stone pillars at the entrance would be vulnerable to vehicle damage.

Normally one would put up protective boxing around the pillars, but this would significantly reduce the gap for vehicles to pass through. As part of our planning permission and Listed Building Consent we applied for, and were granted, permission to take the pillars down for the duration of the construction.

We have had to conduct a survey of their existing condition, provide a methodology for dismantling, transporting and storage of the stones and final re-assembly at the end of the project.”


  1. .
    Dear Richard,

    Can you thank Kenny on my behalf, and on Jane Veveris Callan’s behalf too?

    Thank you Kenny, deeply appreciated!!!

    Jane has moved away, but myself and my wife Karen, who were jointly involved in the project with artist (Jane) with haiku and quotes (collated by Alan & Karen from the London Road community) enjoyed working with people. We had to power over where the planters were placed, but we wanted to improve the area for the wonderful people who lived there.

    And thanks Richard for your past posts about the planters too!!! 🙂

    warm regards,

  2. There have been cycle lights at the bottom of Brougham Hayes for quite a long time! 🙂

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