The area surrounding a well-known tree in the centre of Abbey Green in Bath has been gravelled, with time taking its toll on the original soil surrounding it.
Bath and North East Somerset Council had installed turf around the large veteran Plane tree, which has stood there for more than a century.
But the turf has been unable to survive due to the high level of footfall under the tree canopy.
The council has been working with Bath Tourism Plus and the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) to find a solution that is more appealing, durable and authentic.
The soil surface has since been removed to prevent damage to the tree and is being replaced by a self-binding gravel, a type of surface used historically.
The local authority’s divisional director for environmental services, Martin Shields, said: “The council has been aware that the area under the large tree in Abbey Green is not particularly attractive and we wanted to find a positive solution. The new surface will be a mellow golden colour and offers a respectful solution to the historic landscape and tree.”
Louise Prynne, CEO of The Bath Business Improvement District said: “Bath BID is happy to make a contribution to this reinstatement in partnership with B&NES Council and Visit Bath to enable the work to be completed. This activity helps futureproof the area, making both a sustainable and positive impact on the environment as well as improving the appeal of Abbey Green.”
Work on the new surface is expected to be completed and all equipment removed from the site by the end of Friday, May 19.
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