What we're doing at the moment

Volunteer conservation group at Solsbury Hill, Bath Skyline

As spring becomes summer, the Skyline is looking fresh and green, and there is work to do keeping paths clear and sprucing things up ready for the summer holidays.

May 2017

Our ranger team recently worked with Bath Bus Company to cut overhanging trees along the Skyline tour route. They climbed up to the top deck of the open top bus - a perfect height from which to trim the trees.

June

We are currently working to refurbish and improve the woodland play area, ready for visits by lots of families in the summer months.

There will soon be a new installation, a stepping stone feature from large limestones and a huge trunk which was left from a tree which had to be felled for safety. It took two days to move the trunk to its final position just a few metres away, and it will form the centre of the stepping stone trail. We used large wooden rollers, tractor power and lots of hands to manoeuvre it into place. The second part of the project will be to move the huge limestones into place to form the stepping stones.

Creating a new play installation in the Woodland Play Area
Tractor and rangers working hard to move a tree stump into position

Other refurbishment work included giving some TLC to the winding woodland walk which takes children on a short meander through the woods. It’s a few year old now so some of the rotten logs needed replacing and the carved hedgehogs needed some attention. Last month volunteers made a number of willow woodland creatures, and these are now hanging around the winding woodland walk, hidden in the trees just waiting to be discovered.

The new improved swing is proving very popular with lots of children (and adults) enjoying themselves. The rope monkey bars and other rope installations have also had some work done to make them even more fun to play on. We hope you will have fun exploring this special place.