Friends of Sydney Gardens
A community organization dedicated to protecting and
conserving Sydney Gardens.

Our Spring 2019 Newsletter

Our Spring 2019 Newsletter contains the latest information about the Sydney Gardens Project, upcoming events and details of opportunities to volunteer.

£2.7m Funding Grant

We received fantastic news in January that Sydney Gardens had been awarded £2.7m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for the regeneration of the gardens. Thank you to all who gave feedback and support at the public consultations.

The funding will be used to restore historic buildings and invest in landscape and garden restoration. Also, a new play area for all ages will be created.

The project will be carried out over 3 years from 2019-2021. Alongside this work will be a programme of events and activities covering art, nature, horticulture, play, wild life, archaeology, history and more.
For further information go to:  

Two local companies have already been contracted to work on the project; BBA are the project Architects and Greenhalgh are the project Landscape Architects.

Events for your diary

All of the following events are free unless otherwise stated.

Volunteer Gardening Sessions

Date: Every 2nd Sunday of the month
Time: 10:00am–12:00 noon
Meet at the Sydney Gardens entrance behind the Holburne Museum. Bring gloves if you can, we have the tools, just come along and join in.

Historic Tours of Sydney Gardens

Date: Every 2nd Sunday of the month
Time: 2.30pm–3.15pm
Meet at the Sydney Gardens entrance behind the Holburne Museum.

After-School Play Sessions

Date: Every Wednesday (from 24th April to end of summer term).
Time: 3:30-5:30pm from 24th April to end of summer term
Bath Play Area Project rangers. Meeting point; by London Plane Tree trunk on lower lawn.

Bird Songs & Calls in Sydney Gardens and along the canal

Date: Monday 6th May
Time: 8:00-10:30am
Walk and Talk by Lucy Delve; Bath Nats, RSPB, FoSG.
Go to the website to reserve your place:

Tai Chi in the Park with Paddy Nisbett

Date: Every Sunday morning (starting 12th May-11th August).
Time: 12:30-1:30pm)
Meet at the Sydney Gardens entrance behind the Holburne.

Mindfulness in the park with Huw Griffiths

Date: Every Friday starting 17th May (in 4-week blocks through the summer).
Time: 6:30-7:30pm.
For further information and to book: Go to:

Forest of Imagination

Date: 20th-24th June (Thursday - Monday)
At the Holburne Museum with some activities in Sydney Gardens.

Commemorating the planting of the Peace Oak in Sydney Gardens

Date: Saturday 6th July
Time: 2:30-3:30pm.
All welcome at this special event with the Mayor of Bath and Cllr Wills Granddaughter and family. Free Tea & Buns!

Bath Carnival

Date: Saturday 13th July
Annual event of music and dance.

Roman Archaeology Day

Date: Saturday 20th July
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
The Archway Project Roman Baths.

FoSG Community Day

Date: Sunday 15th September
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Stalls and activities for all ages, plus Model Railway Display of trainline through Sydney Gardens.

For more information on the events and activities organised by the Sydney Gardens Community Ranger, please visit:

Please help support us.

Become a member of Friend of Sydney Gardens (FoSG) and help us maintain and care for your local park.

The FoSG is an active community group that supports and commits to the Gardens in a variety of ways. We undertake, amongst others, community gardening sessions, walking tours, weekend litter picking and co-organisation with B&NES Council events such as this year’s Community Day (15th September 1:00-4:00pm).

Your £5.00 membership subscription will help us to continue this work, alongside B&NES, to maintain & care for your local park. To join, please complete and return the membership form at the end of this newsletter.

Help with Social Media?

A call for a FoSG Social Media Volunteer. Are you able to give an hour or so a week to help promote the Friends and Sydney Gardens project on social media? If so, please get in touch at:

Support your local park

Help to keep your park tidy by collecting litter on Saturday or Sunday morning? Or come and join us at our gardening sessions; make a difference to your park. We need your support so please contact us at:


The Sydney Gardens project will be recruiting a Horticultural Participation officer, starting in the summer. They will be leading the Sydney Gardening Club with a mid-week volunteer gardening session.

Our Gardening Session in Sydney Gardens

This month the volunteers at the gardening session cleared the flowerbeds near the Bathwick Street entrance into the park. The ground was then prepared for sowing this year’s wild flower seeds. The photos show clearing the flowerbeds, mixing seeds with sand, sowing seeds and stamping down the earth to bed in the seeds. The soil was then watered because no rain was anticipated over the next few days. We now look forward to the summer’s display of vibrant colour.

A peak inside the Bothy!

The Bothy was originally built as an electricity substation. It is now used as a store before being repurposed. The Project plans for this building, when refurbished, will be a model of exchange. This would mean an artist or maker such as a ceramicist or woodworker would use The Bothy as their studio in exchange for free participatory and educational sessions for the public and the park users over the year. More news on this as the Sydney Gardens Project develops.
General Information
If you wish to report a problem in Sydney Gardens, please call Council Connect on 01225 394041 or if out of hours or weekend, please phone 01225 477477.
If you wish to report someone sleeping overnight in Sydney Gardens please contact ‘Street Link’ for the homeless at
The FoSG Committee
Jonathan East (Chairman)
Michael Logothetis (Vice Chair)
Gill Gazzard (Secretary)
Cary Bush (Treasurer)
Roger Boothroyd
Caroline Greenwood
Jack Sparrow
Audrey Gerber
Membership Form
If you would like to join the Friends of Sydney Gardens, please complete and return our membership form. Membership costs just £5.00 per year and runs from 1-April to 31-March.

To help minimise administrative costs, payment by standing order is preferred.
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