We’re getting there

Having secured a multi-million pound Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore and development Bath’s historic Sydney Gardens – it’s been a roller coaster year for all of those involved in the project.

The amazing new play area is due to open in February next year.

Covid, supply issues, and the need to excavate tons of clinker – now regarded as an environmental pollutant – brought delays and extra expense to a scheme running on a tight budget.

The removal of the clinker layer which may have been used to help drain the site in the past.

However, with hard work and the support of its ‘Friends’ Sydney Gardens is well on the way to being transformed to meet the mental and physical demands of today’s park-goers.

The restored Edwardian ‘gents’ now to be a display area to help tell the story of the gardens.

Bath Newseum caught up with Keith Rowe who is the B&NES Parks and Greenspaces Team Manager and asked whether he was disappointed that 2021 was drawing to an end with the endeavour not as far along the road to completion as had been hoped.

Keep up to date with developments via http://www.friendsofsydneygardens.org/