Ashby Bath Grounds
Ashby’s historic Bath Grounds is an area of parkland close to the town centre. The grounds are used everyday by residents and visitors who come to enjoy this beautiful communal space.
With the support of the volunteer group Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds and funding from the National Lottery & North West Leicestershire District Council, a new all-weather Heritage Path around the Grounds, the various Historical Interpretation Boards and Mosaics were installed as well as the archaeological survey and many other initiatives that were designed to lift the profile of the Bath Grounds and highlight its historical importance.
- Additional litter bins around the Grounds and annual litter picks.
- Maintenance of the South Street flowerbed and painting of benches.
- The Castle View Wildlife Walk – This ongoing project was started three years ago and involved the transformation of a dark, overgrown, unloved and underused footpath bordering the BG into a light, open, welcoming thoroughfare which is widely used by residents and visitors alike. The project included the removal of a significant amount of self- seeded growth, dead wood, old fencing and general rubbish, followed by the preparation and planting of a wildflower verge along the full length of the path which provides a mass of colour throughout the summer as well as being a haven for insect life. Ten new oak and beech trees have been planted, with the Friends recently installing new tree supports to these trees. The Friends have also planted hundreds of bulbs along the Wildlife Walk and bird and bat boxes have been installed in the mature trees along the Walk.
- The ‘laying’ of around seventy metres of hawthorn hedge along the northern edge of the Grounds – this was done with close co-operation with the Heart of England Hedge Laying Group.
The Town Council remains committed to maintaining Bath Grounds in line with the Green Flag scheme.