Walking with cake

Sometimes l must come across as very rude when you email me something and then hear and see nothing for your efforts appearing on Bath Newseum.

The problem, as l am sure many of you know, is that there is only enough room on screen for so many incoming emails to be listed and things slip off the ‘page’ – so to speak – if not dealt with straight away.

So apologies to Dan Merrett – who is manager of The Bathscape Partnership – a coming together of like-minded organisations with a shared ambition to address threats faced by the beautiful natural landscape surrounding Bath, and to better recognise its value to the health and wellbeing of all people in the city.

He emailed me to say:

“Hi Richard, I know you like a bit of walking and talking and I enjoyed your lockdown pieces, so I thought you might be interested in our Bathscape footprints podcast which we have started to produce monthly in the run up to the September Walking Festival.

The latest episode at https://footprints.captivate.fm/ has just gone live and features volunteers from Bath MIND discussing the importance of getting out in nature, interviews with walkers on the recent Circuit of Bath Julian House fundraiser walk, plus lots of talk about cake.

Keep up the good work!”

Sorry it’s late being posted Dan.

Here’s some more info about this partnership.

Its vision was for an enhanced ‘Bathscape’, a landscape that was more easily accessed and actively enjoyed by a greater and more diverse number of people. It wanted Bath to be recognised as one of the most complete landscape cities in the world, where the people in the city were more connected with the beautiful rural landscape around them.

In close consultation with residents, landowners, dozens of Bath community groups and volunteers, and many more local and national organisations, the Partnership carefully defined and shaped the ambitious Bathscape Scheme and raised the funding to make it happen.

A development grant of £177,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund was awarded in November 2016, enabling the Bathscape Partnership to advance its proposed plans. This led to a successful round 2 grant submission, resulting in the award of a further £1.65 million from the Heritage Fund in December 2018.

Combined with generous match funding from partner organisations, a total funding of £2.2 million was finally raised to deliver the Bathscape Scheme and its 25 separately costed projects between 2019 and 2023. The Bathscape Partnership continues to oversee the scheme’s activities today.