Another group who have been out today preparing a little patch of Bath for there hoped-for summer tourist season were volunteers working for the Bath In Bloom organisation.
Their new chairman – Stephen Brook – sent me an email to introduce himself and tell me about the planting operation they would be undertaking around the fountain on ‘Bog Island’ or Terrace Walk – for those who don’t remember the underground toilets that were turned into a night club!
Stephen told me: “Bath in Bloom is a voluntary organisation looking to help help and assist other environmental and horticultural organisations in the BANES area.
We also create our own floral displays in the city (eg. the large Manvers St flower beds); run a annual floral competition for all the residents, businesses and community groups in BANES; organise Bath’s entry into the RHS Southwest in Bloom and the Uk Finals (if we qualify) of the Britain in Bloom competitions; and help to develop school children’s interest in the environment, wildlife and horticulture.
The main project we carried out this week is planting up the base of the 19th century fountain in Bog Island (or if you are ‘posh’ Terrace Walk).
After consultation with the Council Parks Dept it was agreed that Bath in Bloom would pay for and plant up the base area of this beautiful fountain surrounded by wrought iron railings. This has been done by volunteers.”
Well, thanks for that Stephen and thanks to Barry Cruse for sending me some images of their handiwork. Well done.