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Kensington Meadows is a large riverside green space located 1.5km north-east of the city centre in the Walcot area of Bath.  The site sits alongside the River Avon and consists of a large flat grassed recreation area and woodland.

Part of the woodland is designated as a local nature reserve highlighting its local significance for wildlife.

Read a historical study on Kensington Meadows (Copyright Bath & North East Somerset Council and Mike Chapman)

Kensington Meadows Panorama

Location:

Kensington Meadows, London Road. BA1 6AN

Kensington Meadows can be accessed directly off London Road and Grosvenor Bridge Road, where these roads lead onto inner roads: Ringswell Gardens in the east, Meadow Lane in the north and through the car park to Morrison’s Supermarket in the west.

Parking:

Where possible we encourage visitors to use sustainable transport and avoid driving to Kensington Meadows.  If driving, the closest public car parks are located at Avon Street and Charlotte Street. There is some on-street parking on the roads surrounding the park.  Please park considerately and observe any local parking restrictions.

Disabled access:

The Meadows are not always suitable for wheelchair access as the ground is liable to waterlogging, particularly after heavy rainfall.

Facilities:

There is a selection of children's play equipment and a full size football pitch with goal posts in the recreation area.  A pleasant, signposted riverside walk runs the length of the site.  There are 5 marked fishing swims along the river bank and interpretation panels explaining the history and wildlife value of the site.  Kensington Meadows is well used as a ‘green route’ by people travelling to and from Bath city centre from the east of the city.

Public Transport:

Good public transport links to London Road.

KENSINGTON MEADOWS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Council’s Parks and Green Spaces Department is working with the community to develop a long-term plan for how Kensington Meadows can be improved and managed in the future. To kick-start the process the green space has been allocated £55,000 of Section 106 developer contributions to spend on priority improvements. Further improvements will be subject to securing additional funding.

What Has Happened So Far?

  • A community consultation survey was carried out to find out who uses the green space, how it is used and what can be done to improve it. Members of the Council’s Parks and Green Spaces team spent time at Kensington Meadows speaking to users.  The survey received over 170 responses.
  • The results of the survey were reviewed to draw conclusions about what should happen next. A Consultation Report was published
  • Using public feedback from the consultation process and taking into account other related studies, projects and strategies a series of improvements were recommended in a Proposal and accompanying Proposed Scheme Site Plan. A drop-in event was held at The Salisbury Club on Wednesday 28th November to present the proposal and comments were invited by the end of December 2018.
  • Feedback on the proposal has now been reviewed, summarised and responded to in a Proposal Feedback Report.  This review has concluded that the priority works identified in the proposal should go ahead

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Change is Coming!

Thank you to those who have taken the time to participate in the consultation activities over the last few months. The proposal has been supported and the priority improvements will now go ahead. This will include:

  • A new access point from Ringswell Gardens
  • Improved entrances which are more welcoming and less muddy in winter
  • Tree planting and creation of new wild meadow areas
  • Installation of new seats/benches, picnic tables and BBQ facilities
  • Improved access to the riverside walk
  • Measures to exclude dogs from the play area

What Happens Next?

By the end of March 2019

- Priority works tendered and scheduled by the Parks and Green Spaces Department, working closely with the Friends of Kensington Meadows

April - August 2019

- Priority improvements carried out

- Parts of the green space may be unavailable for periods of time during this period but prior warning will be given.

Community Tree Planting Day

We’re organising a community tree planting day on Saturday 9th March 2019 starting at 11am.

Roll up your sleeves and plant some trees to help encourage wildlife, absorb pollution and benefit people for many generations to come.

No need to book - just turn up.

Wear warm, waterproof clothes and boots/sturdy shoes. Bring gloves, a picnic and spade if you have one. Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be provided.

This is a family-friendly event but children should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information see the Friends of Kensington Meadows facebook page

The Friends of Kensington Meadows

The Friends of Kensington Meadows (FOKM) is a group of local people who are actively involved in looking after the green space, carrying out voluntary projects, fundraising, organising events and helping to inform future development and maintenance.

The Friends group welcomes new members and has its own facebook page where you can find details of upcoming events and volunteering activities.

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Contact Pete Sessions, Parks Projects Manager, for comments or further information

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