News in April 2010, part 2

Roundhill gets a spring clean

 
A litter pick that took place at Roundhill on Sunday was organised by the Friends of Roundhill Group and supported by other local people.
 
The litter pick had been the idea of a local resident who thought that we should remove the rubbish lying about the hill before the vegetation conceals it.
 

 
About twelve big bags of litter were filled, helping to make Roundhill a safer environment for children and wildlife. Some early wild flowers have begun to appear and I took photos of the cowslips on the west side of the hill.
 
To join or find out more about the Friends of Roundhill group, take a look at their website here.
 

Joe, 25/04/10

A draw takes Bath City through!

 
Bath City FC played St Albans at Twerton Park today, knowing that a draw would be enough to secure a place in the play-offs for promotion to the Blue Square Premier League.
 

As the game unfolded, Bath City created so many attacking opportunities that I was very surprised they didn’t score.
 
The end result was 0-0 but it was sufficient to take City through.
 
Reaching the play-offs is a nice achievement and at the end of the game, some of the Bath City players came over to acknowledge the support of the fans.
 
Crowd attendance was well over the one thousand mark.
 
Bath City will now face Chelmsford City in the semi-final at Twerton Park on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
 
Come to Twerton and cheer them on.
 

Joe, 24/04/10

Who planted the trees at Whiteway?

 
Here is a photo sent in by Mr John Rawlings, of the clump of trees at Haycombe Drive being pruned. The trees are interesting. At first sight you might think that they were planted at the time when the estate was built.

However, beech trees take a long time to reach that size, and the Whiteway estate was only completed after the war.
 
In fact, an old photograph shows that the clump of trees was once surrounded by fields.
 
Which raises the question of who planted the trees and why?
 
The beeches are the same age as the ones in Carrs Woodland at Twerton, which were planted some time around 1850 by Charles Wilkins – a local figure who owned textile mills on the Lower Bristol Road and land in Twerton. It seems likely that Wilkins had the clump of trees at Haycombe Drive planted at the same time.
 
The trees would have been visible from his home – Wood House – which once stood where the bungalows are at Woodhouse Road, Twerton.
 
To see an old photograph of the trees before Whiteway was built, click here.
 

Joe, 17/04/10

 

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