The Learning Lav

Foxglove Forest School’s base at Sydney Gardens is a very interesting site. It’s an old restored ironwork toilet from the 1920s!

It was originally installed into the park in 1921 and was made to a mass produced patented design at the famous Saracen Foundry in Glasgow.

The loo is a  grade II listed block and was  restored by Ironart of Bath from 2020-22 as part of the Sydney Gardens Project. It’s been given a new floor and the glass roof was replaced with colourful laminate panels. The loo has also been given gutter spots replicated from ones found in Cranmore Station.

It is now Foxglove Forest School’s home in the park.  This summer it will become an exhibition space to celebrate the amazing work that we do with children in the gardens.

In July 2022 we are working with Reception children at Bathwick St Mary’s Church Primary School in Bath to create some art work based on the minibeasts that live in the park. We will also be collaborating with Play Build Play to run play-based sessions for very young children in the park this summer, including on International Play Day on the 3rd August 2022.

We hope to then offer this Science and Art project to other families and schools communities in Bath, celebrating the natural world and history of the park throughout summer 2023 and beyond!