By Clyde Hunter and Harry Mottram: It was a drizzly day on Saturday (February 18), but a good number of all ages of residents and friends of the green turned out to mark 100 years of the green. Children and their parents planted 500 snowdrops while a Cedar of Lebanon (known as the Centenary Tree having been chosen by a vote) was planted to mark the occasion.
Ian Halsall-Fox wrote on social media: “Wonderful Saturday morning despite the weather to see the Mayor of Bath, Councillors and the local community attending the ceremonial planting of a Cedar of Lebanon on Bloomfield Green. Marking the centenary of Bath Corporation purchasing the land in 1923 for £12,000 for the benefit of its citizens. The Friends of Bloomfield Green have done some great work in recent years in promoting this vital open space and carrying out improvements including the planting of many trees, sewing of meadow seeds and the installation of recreational equipment. This couldn’t have been made possible without the help of the expert staff from B&NES.”
In a short speech, before applying mulch to the tree to complete the planting, the Mayor stressed the value of local community volunteers working with the Council to improve Bath’s green spaces. Last November, The Mayor presented high-level certificates for the national It’s Your Neighbourhood competition for 2022, run by the RHS and Britain in Bloom, to 17 Bath Friends groups, including the Friends of Bloomfield Green.
The photo shows the Friends, local councillors, and the Chair of Bath in Bloom with the Mayor by the Cedar of Lebanon, and the Mayor and Sally Crudge (B&NES Tree & Woodland Delivery Manager) with the Cedar.
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