About the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields
Just a few minutes across the river and up the hill from Bath Railway Station lie some ten acres of undulating pasture – a secret paradise just above Beechen Cliff and adjacent to Alexandra Park. Public footpaths cross this land, linking with a network of longer-distance paths that give access to Bath’s southern slopes and valleys. Although largely tucked away from close views, these fields are widely visible from further away and themselves offer exceptionally beautiful views over the city and also out to Bath’s wooded skyline.
This land, owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, makes a real contribution to our city’s distinctive green setting and public access to the countryside: crucial components of Bath’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was bought by the City as public open space in 1938 (see the History section of this website), but until 2018 was let out to various tenants for the grazing of horses and other animals.
From the beginning of September 2020, the land has been managed under licence by the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields, a newly formed not-for-profit Community Interest Company (FLHF). The three unpaid company directors (Maurice Tennenhaus, Anita Breeze and Chris Kinchin-Smith) live locally and have been strong advocates of the principle of local management of the Fields since the Council first attempted to find new tenant in the autumn of 2018. The company is sponsored by the Widcombe Association, Greenway Lane Social Committee, Greenway Lane Area Residents’ Forum and Bear Flat Residents’ Association, with support also from the Friends of Alexandra Park and also from Bathscape.
The company was launched at a public meeting by Zoom on 19th October 2020, with 47 people participating in the meeting and a further 30 subsequently registering an interest in FLHF. The presentation that was made to this meeting can be downloaded from https://friendsoflyncombehillfields.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/201018-presentation-for-flhf-launch-meeting-1.pdf
Mission and Vision
Our Mission for the Fields is to “Conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the land and maintain its wild nature whilst safeguarding public access”.
Our Vision is encapsulated in just four words: “Our Wild Hilltop Paradise”.