Find out about the exciting projects in Batheaston and Bathampton Meadows.
The walk will first visit two local public gardens, side by side in Batheaston, one well established and well-used; the Secret Garden, the other more recently being developed as a space for growing food, useful plants and an educational area – the Batheaston Forest Garden.
These will be contrasted with the more expansive space of Bathampton Meadows – which has recently come under the stewardship of the National Trust – how does the way we treat gardens differ from our treatment of and reaction to our local landscape?
Since taking over stewardship of the Meadows in 2021 the National Trust has embarked on a detailed and comprehensive consultation with local residents and groups. Hear about new ideas in the pipeline and how you can get involved. Meet National Trust rangers and members of Grow Batheaston for a walk and discussion around these issues – or just enjoy the fresh air!
We will walk the paths that cross the meadows and, on returning to the Riverside Car Park via the canal, we hope participants will choose to continue to the Grow Batheaston Community Food Festival where food music and children’s entertainment will be available until 5 pm: a ten minute walk away at Batheaston New Village Hall, free entry.
Practicalities: Distance approx 4 miles, limited and time restricted parking at Riverside car park, regular bus service from city centre. Cafes/shop opposite the car park. Also Grow Batheaston Food Festival at Batheaston New Village Hall. Toilet Riverside Car Park (20p). The walk is mainly flat, some rough ground, through gates and stiles. One flight of steps up to canal path.
Meeting point: pedestrian bridge Batheaston Riverside car park.
The walk leaders are from the local community groups and the National Trust.
Booking is essential, you can book your free place here – Book Bathampton Meadows