Massive Thanks

The Directors of the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields greatly appreciate the
financial and practical support and advice received from its sponsoring
residents’ associations and from others. These residents’ associations
comprise:

  • Alexandra Park Friends
  • Bear Flat Association
  • Greenway Lane Area Residents’ Forum
  • Greenway Lane Social Committee
  • Widcombe Association

The funding from these associations has been supplemented by five grants from Bathscape https://www.bathscape.co.uk/ . Bathscape 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”. The grants have paid 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, located at viewpoints in the Fields and in the Copse;
  • The lockable glazed information board, located near the Greenway Lane gate;
  • Maps of the Fields positioned close to each of the three entry gates;
  • 24 tonnes of stone for improvement of two of the designated public footpaths;
  • A scythe mower;
  • A secure storage shed;
  • Two battery-powered strimmers;
  • 11 rakes;
  • Funding for 300 bluebell plants and 300 snowdrop plants.

FLHF is extremely pleased to have been 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, Bathscape’s Manager, has said “A key factor in the award of
these grants 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 workforce since the launch of FLHF.”

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of the Raby Trust, a Bath-based private trust, FLHF are to be the recipients of an annual index-linked sum which will fund much of the expenditure for our essential operating costs such as insurance, fuel and equipment maintenance.  We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with the Trust which will enable us to develop a solid and permanent legacy for our Vision of a ‘Wild Hilltop Paradise’ in our Fields, and so make it impossible for anyone ever to suggest other uses for this wonderful site.  We are inspired by this opportunity to create long-term rewilding and transformation in our fields where children and adults who have walked in, or worked in, the Fields with their families, friends and other visitors, may regularly return down the years to observe the flora and fauna multiply and, together, with our newly planted trees and hedges, grow into maturity.  

The Raby Trust has also donated two water butts for our continuing development of rainwater storage for watering our saplings.

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for other donations
received from the following people and organisations:

  • Bath in Bloom: funding for four rakes, two wheelbarrows and 250 cowslip plants; also six bird feeders and various wild flower seeds, a water butt and 3 watering cans plus hose connectors’.
  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV): 1,823 saplings, with guards and canes;
  • The Woodland Trust: 240 saplings;
  • More Trees for B&NES’: 66 saplings;
  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd: 1.5 tonnes of larger stone, for the paths;
  • Ewan Bingham: Some bags of gravel;
  • Joe Thomas Tree Care and also Charlie Sampler’s : wood chippings;
  • Dan Burgess, Simon and Annabelle Petter, Mara Kalins and Dan
  • Lugsden, also Joe Reese and Diane and Francis Duck: various saplings;
  • Clive Pugh: some timber;
  • Jo and Mike Ross: a mature silver birch;
  • Guy and Maddie Everitt: Rubble bags;
  • Elizabeth Glasbey: Hand tools;
  • National Trust: yellow rattle seed;
  • Donations totalling £300 from three individual donors.

We also greatly value the advice and practical support received from:

  • Bath Natural History Society
  • Earthwatch
  • The Woodland Trust
  • Rake Up and Grow
  • Widcombe Infants and Junior schools
  • None of our achievements would however have been possible without the time and energy of our many volunteers, whose inputs now equate to more than 3,500 hours.