Events & News
Volunteer work-sessions take place every few weeks; sometimes weekend mornings, occasionally weekday evenings.
Get in touch via our Join page if you'd like to take part and to sign up for email updates about events and news.
Goats! Back at Camden Meadow.
Meet Edward (sporting the smart black collar) and Evelyn (red). As before, both on loan from our friends at Street Goat, Bristol..
They’ll be with us for a good 6-8 weeks, helping us maintain the land in a natural, sustainable way, and reducing the need to use power tools.
Do stop at the railings in front of Camden Crescent and say Hello to them. They’re super friendly, and lots of fun!
Please don’t try to give them any food. Goats have fussier diets than most people think, and some foods are quite bad for them. Plus they’ve got a lot of nettles and bindweed to get through!
We have a rota system to pop in on the goats each morning to check they’re OK and have water etc. There is room for an extra pair of hands, so if you fancy joining Bath’s very exclusive goatherd team, please use our Contact page to get in touch. The site is challenging in places, so you’d need to be physically fit. It takes about 30mins. An ability to yodel is not essential.
For a video of Edward and Evelyn arriving yesterday, check out: https://www.instagram.com/camden_bath/
Our Christmas lights are back, and better than ever. Bath's biggest Christmas tree, surely?!
Three gorgeous goats arrive for weed control duties 🐐
The brown / blonde one is a Golden Guernsey, the other two are a Saanen Dwarf cross. They're all dinky and super cute. No names yet. But go have a look over the railings and see what you think!
Camden Meadow honey!!! 🐝🍯
Our first ever harvest, from Hive 1 (hive two is still quite new so we are leaving it to settle for a year).
Local, organic, gorgeous!
(This year for our volunteers only - next year we hope to be able to sell some within our local community.)
The boys are back in town. Back by popular demand - Gilbert & Brownie, the return! They'll be with us for 4 / 5 weeks, or so. It really just depends on how much food there is for them - quite a lot currently, so it may be longer. Pop along to the Meadow railings and say Hi to them. (Just please don't feed them.)
People often ask where Gilbert and Brownie come from. Answer: they normally live at Brown's Folly, and are owned by the lovely folk at Street Goat, who you can read about here.
If you'd like to help look after them, contact us via the Join page, here.
Spring time, and the meadow is really coming to life.
Below, beehive inspection - we have a few thousand, and they're doing well...
Below, Gilbert and Brownie goats take up residence 😀
It's taken 2 years (our founder, John Long, started down the road to this vision prior to setting up Friends of Camden Meadow), 3 false dawns, and hours and hours of searching, negotiating, form filling, and labouring - but it's all been worth it... working with urban farm cooperative Street Goat, we now have two handsome, friendly goats on our Meadow. Do go and have a look at them from the railings above the Meadow - but please don't feed them - contrary to popular belief, goats do not, and cannot, eat everything.
Above: From R to L - John Long (founder and FoCM leader), Gilbert Goat, Brownie Goat, Emily, John Lindup (Co-Lead), Jenny.
And we're not the only busy bees!
An update on our Bees from Camden Meadow Beekeeper, Tullio...
Waiting out the cold months of winter, every beekeeper is anxious for the weather to warm so they examine the state of their hives. I was finally able to lift the lid on Hive 1 for the first time since October this week and find out how many bees had survived the winter. Lots was the answer, in their thousands, in fact I was a bit surprised to see so many. Sometimes winter can for various reasons decimate a colony's numbers and keepers can find all they have is a handful of bees. After giving them a few puffs of smoke I started removing and examining the brood frames looking for the queen principally or evidence of a queen, eggs and larvae. I didn't spot the queen, sometimes you don't but I did see uncapped larvae as well as capped brood, but no eggs. Neither did I see a queen cell, a new queen in the making so the evidence would suggest there is a queen somewhere in the hive, so hopefully I'll spot her next week.
January 2022 - beehive foundations, three native fruit trees...
And a little more tree maintenance.
(With big thanks to Cllr Ricard Samuel & Cllr Tom Davies for financing the beehives from their local discretionary budget.)
December 2021 - a Christmas tree for Camden, and the Bath Guitar School xmas busk (with warming mulled wine on the house).
October 2021 - glorious views opening up, and an enlarged meadow area.
September 2021 - our lovely new information board attached the the railings at the Camden Crescent bus stop. With thanks to Cllr Samuel and Cllr Davies for funding it from their discretionary budgets.
7th September - progress...
Sunday 1 August 2021 - a little more coppicing of the rampant hazel, opening up the meadow area a little more, and beginning to see some views over to the Avon Valley.
April 2021 - Our first working party! Coppicing a few hazels and creating the 'dead hedge' (a way of dealing with arisings which avoids taking material off site, and creates habitats for creepy crawlies and small mammals).