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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 Bath 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 has been working to enhance and better manage Kensington Meadows as a space for everyone. 

What Has Happened So Far?

  • A community consultation was carried out to better understand how Kensington Meadows is used and give people a say on how it could be improved. A Consultation ReportProposal and accompanying Proposed Scheme Site Plan was developed based on feedback received.
  • Entrances from Meadows Lane, Morrisons Supermarket and Grosvenor Bridge have been improved and made more welcoming with new signs, removal of old fencing and measures to reduce mud.
  • A variety of trees, flowering bulbs and wildflowers have been planted.
  • New benches, picnic/BBQ tables and BBQ bins were installed
  • Working with the Bathscape Partnership and local volunteers new areas of wildflower meadow are being created using locally collected wildflower seed and plug plants.  The new wildflower areas will be created slowly and monitored over a number of years to give wildflowers the best chance of establishing successfully, but the longer grass is already buzzing with insect life in the summer months.  Following best practice the wildflower areas will be cut once a year and the arisings removed.  Read more about how the Council manages its grounds and green spaces.
  • Access to the riverside walk has been improved by rebuilding the steps near the Grosevenor Bridge entrance
  • It was proposed that the entrance from Ringswell Gardens would be opened as part of this project but following feedback from neighbouring residents the decision has been taken not to proceed with this change at this time.

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What Happens Next?

The play area will be enhanced and made safer with a focus on natural play including a new wooden climbing frame and slide, play mounds with balance beams, willow tunnel and agility trail. Away from the play area there will be new junior football goals and a monolith holed stone with a new bench. Unfortunately, the embankment slide no longer meets play safety standards and will be removed as part of this work. A new slide will be provided as part of the new climbing unit.

Work is expected to start in summer 2021. The play area will be closed to enable work to be completed safely and for the area to establish before it is reopened.

The Council has been working with the London Road Partnership and Friends of Kensington Meadows to plan the improvements and the partnership has secured £10,000 grant towards play enhancement from the Governments Pocket Parks programme.

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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