Castle View Wildlife Walk

Our current project, Castle View Wildlife Walk, focuses on the foot-path running adjacent to the Bath Grounds, between Prior Park Road and the ‘Cattle Arch’ to Mendip Close which has been neglected for the last 25 years. The Friends ‘Vision’ for this area is to re-create what appears to be a ‘typical’ Victorian/Edwardian planting scheme of mixed native trees, opening up the area to the Bath Grounds and improving the views across the Grounds, creating a wild flower corridor, together with bird and bat boxes, and a bench, and integrating this corridor into the new Bath Grounds Heritage Trail. See artist’s impression of our vision

Phase 1

Has been completed. During the spring of this year over 400 hours of work was carried out by the groups’ volunteers clearing the area of the self-seeded hedge and 25 years of accumulated rubbish.

Phase 2

Has been completed. Ten trees, Beech and Oak, were planted at the end of November 2016, to infill the large gaps in the existing tree line and complete the ‘avenue’ effect. In addition, a new gate and fencing were also installed to control vehicular access to the footpath and the Bath Grounds.

Phase 3

We would aim to complete this phase in the first quarter of 2017, which will include hedge preparation and groundwork, planting of new hawthorn whips, rotivation of the ground, wildflower seeding, procuring and installing bat & bird boxes, insect hotels and a new bench. To achieve the completion of phase 3 we will be using the expertise of a local contractor but will also be carrying out a lot of the ground work and planting ourselves by using the help of local volunteers.

The Friends are actively looking for local sponsorship and donations to fund the next phase of the project

We are looking for volunteers to spare a few hours over the next few months to help clear roots and weeds, plant hawthorn whips and british native perennial seeds. If you are interested in getting involved in this exciting community project, please call Clare Birch on 07958 232291 or contact us via our website [email protected]

Thankyou! – Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds