In January two new trees were planted alongside Commercial Road to replace the old tree stumps.
The trees are Platanus orientalis – or Old World sycamore. These will be large, deciduous trees of the Platanaceae family, growing to 30m or more. The species are known for their longevity and spreading crown. And their deep green leaves turn to blood red, amber, and yellow in the Autumn.
In a 2009 biodiversity report commissioned by Bristol City Council, it was suggested that Bathurst Basin would be suitable for floating reed beds and kingfisher perches. The mallard and moorhen chicks which have hatched over the last few years have almost immediately been taken by gulls. Read more “Reed beds for Bathurst Basin?”
Cumberland Road is closed in both directions close to the caravan park entrance. A water-main burst and a section of the New Cut wall has collapsed. The closure affects all vehicles, including Metrobus m2 service and the Airport service A1, which are re-routed along Coronation Road. The pedestrian pavement is open. Read more “Cumberland Road closure”
Butcombe Brewing Company is investing heavily in the Grade II-listed Ostrich Inn following its purchase by them towards the end of 2017. Their latest proposals received formal planning consent on 13th January 2020 subject to some conditions. Read more “Ostrich Inn improvements”
Bristol City Council are planning to strengthen the weak section of the Chocolate Path in the summer and this will require them to close Cumberland Road to east-bound traffic. Read more “Cumberland Road developments”
Nearly 50 enthusiastic supporters of our ‘sister’ organisation, Friends of the Avon New Cut (FrANC), turned up on the morning of Saturday 11th January for the first of FrANC’s 2020 New Cut clean-ups. Read more “FrANC January cleanup”
Friends of Bathurst Basin are welcome to the Cabot Cruising Club Burns Night event on the John Sebastian. This will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th January 2020. The piper will be Julian Smart and Dave-the-Shoes McGeeney will address the Haggis. There is an admission charge of £5 per person.
Monthly surface water quality testing in Bathurst Basin seems now to have been restored. FOBB considers testing water in the Basin to be important given the regular use of the Basin for leisure activities. The latest test results supports our view that regular water quality testing in Bathurst Basin should not be discontinued. Read more “Latest water quality tests”
Set up in May 2019, Friends of Bathurst Basin has been active in preserving and enhancing the area where we live, work and enjoy leisure activities. As 2019 comes to a close, we take stock of our activities over the last seven months. Read more “2019 in review”