Hot Spots by Alison Harper at Royal Victoria Park

To highlight the issue of pollution in the city of Bath and make Nitrous Oxide data more accessible to residents, the artist Alison Harper has put together 69 red bicycle wheels to represent the illegal limit of Nox that is regularly breathed in by Bath residents. Many parts of Bath regularly exceed the European guideline of 40 micrograms, which is considered safe for human health.

Poor air quality is the number one environmental cause of premature mortality, with over 400,000 premature deaths every year (ec.europa.eu).

Thus the red wheels are a symbol of a potent danger that affects us all and suggests we need a change in our behaviour. How can we become a part of the solution and not the problem?

To see this work go to Royal Victoria Park on the Upper Bristol Road.  For more details click here

Courses at Alice Park Community Garden

Thanks to the Tesco Bags of Good scheme we able to offer a fabulous range of courses completely free of charge.  We invite you to join us in the Community Garden; this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved, learn new skills and meet new people. APCG Workshop Poster

1.       Keep on Growing with horticulturalist Carol Stone. Extend the growing season for fruit & veg. What grows now to keep you well fed during the winter months?  This is a hands on course and will cover sowing, propagation, plant handling skills, planting out and crop protection.  Hard to imagine in the summer heat, but gardeners are one step ahead and we’ll learn how to keep those frosts at bay!

·        This course is on four Sunday mornings: – 26th Aug, 2nd, 9th and 16th Sept.  10am – 12.00

2.       Willow Art Workshop with local artist Maya Wolfe.  Using willow we will sculpt small garden ornaments of bugs and birdfeeders. You will create something beautiful to take home and we invite you to make something for the community garden.  Maya will also spend some time repairing the stunning willow dome and you are welcome to help and learn along the way – bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the garden while making beautiful things.

·        Sunday 9th of September, 10.30am start, or drop in later – we’ll be weaving all day

3.       CHILDRENS’ SESSION Grow, Cook, Eat – Summer in the Garden (for 8yrs and over) with community cookery teacher Lucy Holburn.  Gather, pick and play; harvesting the season’s bounty to cook over open fires and eat together. 

·        Thursday 30th August, 10am – 12.00

4.       Fresh from the Garden – Eating and Preserving with community cookery teacher Lucy Holburn.  Tasty ideas for using up seasonal gluts – cooking in the garden, eating together and making delicious treasures to take home and enjoy when the summer has faded. 

·        Sunday 2nd September 10am – 12.00

5.       Herbal Remedies for summer and autumn with horticulturalist Carol Stone.  How to identify, collect and store herbs on site. Do’s and don’ts for the hedgerow herbalist and making samples for personal use, such as herbal teas, vinegars and oils. 

·        Sunday 16th September 2.30 – 5pm

6.       Carve a Wooden Spoon in a day with Green Woodworker and Tutor Tim Gatfield

A day of practical spoon carving in the garden. Using fresh green wood to carve your individual spoon under the expert guidance of Tim. Enjoy the calm, reflective art of whittling whilst learning the safe use of a variety of tools and good spoon design.

·        Saturday 22nd September 10am – 4.30pm

Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  These courses are fully funded by the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and therefore we are not charging for attendance.  We would ask that you commit to attending when you apply for a place and that if you are unable to attend you let us know in good time so that we can make the opportunity available for someone else. Thank you.

If you’re able to help us get the word out we would appreciate it – do circulate this email or print off the attached poster and pop it up somewhere prominent, thank you.

To enquire about a FREE place on a workshop or course please email aliceparkcg@gmail.com stating which course you would like to attend.  

We live within the sky not beneath it

Just to let you know that the art installation created by Joanna Wright that came about from the research Transition Larkhall carried out with the University of Bath is still up and in Milsom Place. To locate it go to the entrance of Carluccio’s. Presently it will be there till end of June.

On behalf of Transition in Bath, Joanna Wright was asked to speak at Wera Hobhouse MP recent conference about “Congestion and Pollution in Bath”. Click here if you would like to read a transcript of the text that Joanna delivered to a full house at Komedia on the 9th June 2018.

Press Release: Thinking Differently about travel in Bath

B&NES residents, campaigners and councillors join forces to tackle travel and transport problems and share their vision for the future

 Around 60 people from the Bath area are so concerned about local travel and transport needs that they braved the worst snow and ice for years to attend an open meeting on Saturday 3rd March. ‘Thinking differently about travel in Bath’ was hosted by Transition Larkhall, with campaign groups from around the city and several BANES councillors contributing. The meeting heard from: Mark Shelford (Lyncombe, Conservative Party Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment); Lin Patterson (Green, Lambridge); John Bull (Paulton, Labour spokesperson on Transport), Rob Appleyard (LibDem, Lambridge); and Richard Samuel (LibDem, Walcot), as well as Bath MP Wera Hobhouse.

However, most contributions came from residents who shared their concerns about different forms of travel, air and noise pollution. “I worry about the effect that air pollution is having on my children’s health. One goes to school on the Lower Bristol Road. When she blows her nose, her snot is black,” said one worried parent. Parents need to be assured that their children can travel safely and reliably to and from school. Two attendees reported that their young son who takes a bus across Bath to get to school has been kicked off the bus en route by the driver who insisted adults be given priority over youngsters.

Many feel unsafe cycling in the city due to traffic. Residents found common ground and worked on potential solutions.

“The usual thing isn’t working. We can’t work against each other. We can’t have a scoring system – that means that there will be losers. We cannot have any losers when it comes to travel in Bath,” Transition Larkhall’s Joanna Wright said.

“We need a long-term cross-party solution. We need carrots, sticks, a common integrated vision and communications to help the public understand that vision,” said local campaigner Sarah Warren.

Fiona Powell of the Bathampton Meadows Alliance urged the Council to build a culture of decision-taking based on data. “Between 20,000 – 25,000 children need to reach a destination in Bath each school day…We have very little information about pollution and the cost of driving.”

“So far, transport decisions have been made so that you can drive your car wherever you want in Bath. We have to turn that on its head,” said Councillor Richard Samuel.

“Because housing is so expensive in Bath, people move out. But they need to get into Bath for work. We need affordable means for getting people here,” John Bull stated.

Councillor Mark Shelford set out his ambition: “Bath will be quieter, cleaner and easier to get around, in a way that supports the economy of our World Heritage City.”

The event showed that all travel around the city of Bath requires a collective rethink and behaviour change. Transition Larkhall will compile a report of the ideas and changes discussed; with recommendations to underpin further actions.