Reed beds installed

The long-awaited reed beds have been installed in Bathurst Basin by Simon Thurgood (in the centre)  and his colleague from Aquascience Ltd (a company specialising in river, lake and wetland restoration based in Ampfield in Hampshire). Friends of Bathurst Basin thank Jan Walsh (on right of image) for overseeing this project, the Eardstapa Trust for funding it and the Avon Wildlife Trust and the Bristol Harbourmaster’s office for their support. Read more “Reed beds installed”

New wheelie bins

New wheelie bins in Bathurst BasinFOBB has been concerned about the poor provision of rubbish bins in the Basin. So a big thank you to Cameron Cheek of Bristol City Council Harbour Estates Office who arranged with Bristol Waste to replace the many small vertical bins for the larger wheelie bins with labels clearly indicating what they are for. The three green bins to the left of our image are for waste glass.

Swing-bridge name-plate

Friends of Bathurst Basin met with Eric Dougall (Harbour Estate Officer) at the Basin on 6th May.

Eric agreed to have the name plate by the pedestrian swing bridge removed, refurbished and reinstalled at both ends of the bridge. The most likely name on the plate will be ‘Lower Guinea Street Bridge Footpath’.

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Carry on – Up and Down the Avon

The Cabot Cruising Club has been taking advantage of the lovely sunny weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions, with a couple of boat trips.

Our first venture of the season was up-river, to ensure that all boat systems and crews were functioning! About 70 people aboard 13 boats nosed out of the Basin on Saturday 3 April in glorious spring sunshine. Weaving amongst willow fronds, we pottered up the Feeder Canal, through Netham Lock and into the Avon, where we found groups of paddle boarders, canoeists and even swimmers! Read more “Carry on – Up and Down the Avon”