On Beechen Cliff are ten acres of undulating pastureland crossed by footpaths: Lyncombe Hill Fields. The land is owned by Bath & North East Somerset Council and until 2018 was grazed by horses. Now it is under new management with support from Bear Flat Association: we are a co-sponsor of the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields (FLHF), a Community Interest Company, that took over the Fields under licence from B&NES Council in 2020.
For lots more detail, visit the FLHF website. The latest news is the planting of a Tiny Forest, so the Fields will soon rejoice in the growth of Alder, Beech, Birch (Silver & Downy), Cherry (Bird & Wild), Crab Apple, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Willow (Goat & Grey), Hawthorn, Hazel, Hornbeam, Oak and Rowan …
The Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields hold regular working parties. To find out more about the work, look at the volunteering page on the Friends website.
The 2020 announcement of the new arrangements for managing the Fields read:
A well-loved green space with commanding views of Bath is to be managed under licence by the local community. Lyncombe Hill Fields lie just above Beechen Cliff and comprise ten acres of undulating pastureland crossed by footpaths. The land is owned by Bath & North East Somerset Council and until 2018 was grazed by horses. From Tuesday 1 September the site will be managed under licence by the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields, a newly formed not-for-profit Community Interest Company (FLHF CIC) working with the Council. The company aims to enhance the land’s biodiversity while managing it for quiet public enjoyment, outdoor exercise and educational activities.
Richard Samuel, cabinet member for Resources said: “During lockdown I think most of us gained renewed appreciation of the green open spaces on our doorsteps, but sites such as Lyncombe Hill Fields do need careful management. I’m therefore delighted that local residents have risen to the challenge and agreed to take on responsibility for the site.” Lyncombe Hill Fields contribute to Bath’s distinctive green setting, giving residents access to the countryside – crucial components of the city’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The land commands fantastic views of the city and Bath’s wooded skyline and public footpaths link with a wider network giving access to Bath’s southern slopes and valleys. Pedestrian access is via Alexandra Park, Alexandra Road and directly off Greenway Lane. Councillor Alison Born, ward member for Widcombe & Lyncombe, said: “Lyncombe Hill Fields are a fantastic community resource and I’m delighted to see that the land is now going to be managed by the community for the benefit of the community. I am excited by the group’s improvement plans, which include encouraging great biodiversity on the land and improving access for walkers.” Following the transfer to community management, work will get underway to clear debris from the land and cut back overgrowth before the winter sets in. Maurice Tennenhaus, director of the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields said: “There is some hard work ahead of us, but we will hopefully reap the rewards with many years of pleasure for local residents and visitors, and huge benefits for wildlife. We are looking for volunteers to give us hand though, particularly over the autumn months in the run up to winter.”
To become involved or to follow progress on the site you can register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a community supported initiative. The three unpaid directors of the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields live locally, and the newly formed company is sponsored by Greenway Lane Social Committee, Greenway Lane Area Residents’ Forum, Widcombe Association and Bear Flat Association, with support from Friends of Alexandra Park.