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, 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.
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.
The Meadows are not always suitable for wheelchair access as the ground is liable to waterlogging, particularly after heavy rainfall.
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.
Good public transport links to London Road.
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?
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
Thank you to all of the volunteers who took part in the community tree planting day which took place on Saturday 9th March 2019.
Together we planted over 200 trees including Oak, Lime, Silver Birch and a variety of fruit trees.
The trees will benefit residents for generations to come by helping to improve air quality, encouraging wildlife and providing shade and fruit for park visitors.
For more information and photos 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.
Get Involved and Keep in Touch
Subscribe to our mailing list for occasional updates about the improvement project
Contact Pete Sessions, Parks Projects Manager, for comments or further information