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Funding by Bathscape (Updated 20 May 2021)

We are very pleased to announce the award of three substantial grants from Bathscape to the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields (FLHF).  Bathscape www.bathscape.co.uk is a partnership between Bath & NE Somerset Council and various other bodies whose shared ambition is “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”.

We have been in discussion with Dan Merrett, Bathscape’s Manager, from early in the development of our plans for FLHF.  The grants will pay for:

  • The materials for the bird boxes and bat boxes which have been assembled and installed in trees around the site;
  • Materials for six simple benches, to be located at viewpoints in the Fields and also in the Copse;
  • A lockable glazed information board, located near the Greenway Lane gate;
  • Maps of the Fields now positioned close to each of the three entry gates;
  • 18 tonnes of stone for improvement of the designated public footpaths (most of which has already been laid);
  • A scythe mower and its secure storage.

FLHF is extremely pleased to be awarded these grants, noting also the input and support from Bath & NE Somerset Council who are providing matched funding for some of Bathscape’s projects.  Bathscape’s principal source of funds is the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Dan Merrett said “a key factor in the award of this grant has been the convergence between Bathscape’s and FLHF’s vision and objectives, and the commitment evident in the fantastic work undertaken by FLHF’s volunteer workforce in the last four months since the launch of FLHF”.

Other Funding and Donations (updated 20 May 2021)

We’d also like to extend our thanks and appreciation for other donations to:

  • Bath in Bloom: funding for rakes and wheelbarrows
  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV): 950 saplings, with guards and canes
  • ‘More Trees for B&NES’: 66 saplings
  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd: 1.5 tonnes of larger stone, for the paths
  • Joe Thomas Tree Care: wood chippings
  • Dan Burgess, Simon and Annabelle Petter and Dan Lugsden, various saplings
  • Clive Pugh, some timber
  • Jo and Mike Ross: a mature silver birch
  • Jack Horner, a significant cash donation.

The combination of Bathscape’s grant and these other generous donations has greatly reduced the need for the funding that had been promised by our sponsoring Residents’ Associations (Widcombe Association, GLSC, Bear Flat Association, Greenway!, and the Alexandra Park Friends), for this first year of FLHF.

The Tiny Forest (Updated 20 May 2021)

  • Site preparation
  • Marking out
  • Planting
  • 580 Saplings Planted

After several weeks of intensive work to clear and prepare the site, the first rows of saplings were planted on 25th January and the final rows were planted just two weeks later, on 7th February.

Tiny Forests are dense, fast-growing native woodlands, planted in areas no larger than a tennis court.  Due to the high density the trees grow very quickly and soon shade out the area, enhancing bio-diversity beneath.  Our mixed planting consists of Alder, Beech, Birch (Silver and Downy), Cherry (Bird and Wild), Crab Apple, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Goat and Grey Willow, Hawthorn, Hazel, Hornbeam, Oak and Rowan.  Our Tiny Forest is located in the North Field close to the public footpath that goes up to Alexandra Park.  The site has been chosen as it is shaded and damp, is not good grassland/meadow and will not obscure the view when fully grown.  The area has been mulched with cardboard and wood chippings to control weeds and retain moisture. This is another of our contributions to climate change and bio-diversity!  

If you would like further information on Tiny Forests, please see:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/13/fast-growing-mini-forests-spring-up-in-europe-to-aid-climate