All future events can be found on the Events page but below is a brief mention and a follow up to the events and other interesting information for you.

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Well done to those who have submitted their photos

Future events

Sat 1st April 11am   Wander in the Woods

Sat 15 April    Mike’s History Walk

Wednesday 19 April 0630am  Dawn Chorus walk

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Conservation – Saturday 25 March

Dead hedged to save some of the ever widening path destroying the Blackweir Woods.  Ongoing project, so more helpers needed.

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Saturday 25th at 10:30 to plant the wild flower bulbs in Blackweir Woods.   Lovely job .  Well done.


Saturday 18 Feb – Planted some more whips to continue the creation of our wild life hedge, and planted wild flower bulbs in the Hazel copse we coppiced before Christmas. This went really well and we had a couple of very good diggers of the hedging, and a few determined bulb planters, so that went really well.


Monday 23rd January   Removing epicormic growth (the suckers and shoots formed at the base of trees – especially limes).   This went very well.  There are some fabulous photos on the Facebook page.

CONSERVATION WORK Saturday, 14th January at 11am, Planted the native hedgerow whips near the ambulance station.  Keep an eye on our hedge as you go past, and see how it grows.  We all enjoyed ourselves and even dug up some modern archaeological finds.  2 to 3 inches below the surface we started seeing litter!  Presumably over time the mowing has buried these items under mown grass which has composted down into soil. We even uncovered a drain that was not on the maps. 


Saturday 26 November 12:00 – Conservation with the Rangers

A marvellous time was had by all.  Brief pit stop for mince pies and hot drinks, then we shouldered our tools and off we went to coppice some of the Hazels with Rangers Kevin and Jim.  Some of our hardy band sawed off the hazel trunks, while others crunched off the side shoots so that the gardeners could use the cut items for staking out plants. We might have a few of the hazels tied up into faggots and used to strengthen the river banks.   After sawing and clipping, we had a massive sort out of all the cut wood.  We piled up a load of branches in one corner as shelter for hedgehogs.  Well done also to those who sawed up some of the massive tree that had fallen down nearby.  Far too big to do in one go and most of it will be left there to provide food and shelter for nature.


Sunday 27 November 1am    Tree Walk led by Malcolm Frazer and Terry Davies.

This was a marvellous walk led by people who actually worked in the park and planted many of the trees we talked about.  Did you know the London Planes are not as old as you think?  At the most they will be 50 years old as  Malcolm Frazer and Terry Davies actually planted them!

Sat 15 October 11am         Glamorgan Fungus Group led a Fungus Walk.


This went really well.  See some photos on our Gallery page.  Did you know that the park was full of hidden ecosystems?  Thanks to our Glamorgan Fungus Group friends for giving us a lovely walk through the Park and pointing out the hidden and the  unsuspected world of Fungi.

Last organised EVER, (for this year), Himalayan Balsam Event took place on the 28th August and the people involved did very well.  Well done!  We will start earlier next year, so if you see any peeping through in April/May that you think need to be pulled up quickly before the brambles and nettles grow, then please feel free to let us know.


Out of the Woods event on 20th August got a little damp.  A bit like last year, but thank you to everyone who went.

Tour of the Park walk went very well.

Himalayan Balsam pulling on the 28th August – thank you to all who turned up despite the confusion.  Very good job.

Himalayan Balsam pulling on the 21st August went great.  Really tackled some tough jobs.

Hamalayan Balsam Pulling on 14th August went very well.  All did a sterling job

Himalayan pulling on the 24th went well.  We did a very good job.

10th July .  Had a great time pulling the Balsam.  A lot of work got done.  Well done everyone.




Well done to those who took part on the 26th June.  Did a really good job.  Also saw a Heron on the river and a Heron in the park by the feeder canal.  Also one of our Friends of Bute Park members spotted what we think was a pair of Scarlet Tiger Moths, but it has not been confirmed yet, but its amazing what you can find.

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Update Closure of Secret Garden Café

The Secret Garden Café  AND toilets was closed and you could  use the Education Centre toilets when the Education Centre was open during the week, or 12-3pm at weekends.  Update about re-opening of café shortly.

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Friends Facebook Page

Unfortunately our Friends of Bute Park Facebook page has been hi-jacked by an unauthorised person. We therefore have had to abandon it and have created a new closed Facebook page called: Bute Park Friends Group. Please ask to join, as this is a closed group you cannot post or read posts until you have been accepted.

We apologise for the inconvenience but this has been out of our control. If you want to get in touch use our e-mail:

Jane Williams

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Previous Fungal Foray


Last October or the year before, the Friends of Bute Park were treated to a fungal foray organised and led by members of the Glamorgan Fungus Group (see their Facebook page here). Looking forward to the next  walk this October 2016.

The attendees at that time received many useful tips, including how to differentiate between edible and poisonous mushrooms.

Here are some photographs of our finds at the time, but these represent only a few of the many. I have done my best to name the species but, if a mistake has been made, please do get in touch and corrections can be made.


The Glamorgan Fungus Group were kind enough to send us a complete list of the species that we saw on the day, so if any of you are trying to identify a photo that you took- have a look at these:

Sycamore Tarspot Rhytisma acernium
Alder Tongue Taphrina alni
Southern Bracket Ganoderma australe
Stump Puffball Lycoperdon pyriforme
Glistening Inkcap Coprinellus micaceus
Beech Milkcap Lactarius blennis
Jelly Ear Auricularia auricula-judae
The Deceiver Laccaria laccata
King Alfred’s Cakes/Cramp Balls Daldina concentrica
Purple Jellydisc Ascoryne sarcoidis or cylichnium
Oysterling Crepidotus
Oyster Mushrooms Pleurotus ostreatus
Lumpy Bracket Trametes gibbosa
Common Inkcap Coprinus atramentaria
Wolf’s Milk Lycogala terrestre or epidendron (Slime Mould Myxomycetes)
Orange Bonnet Mycena acicula
Crystal Brain Exidia nucleata
Clouded Agaric Clitocybe nebularis
Yellow Stainer Agaricus xanthodermus
Candlesnuff Fungus Xylaria hypoxylon
Redlead Roundhead Stropharia aurantiaca
Blue Roundhead Stropharia caerulea
Beaked Earthstar Geastrum pectinatum

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Results of Himalayan balsam clearance!

ButeThis photograph was taken very recently by a Friend and shows Blackweir woods looking beautiful in the spring sunshine with wild garlic and bluebells growing in profusion. This lovely carpet of flowers is due to the hard work you have put in to clear the invasive Himalayan Balsam over the past two years. Thank you!

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Identification of Bulb Planting Task 2014

Throughout the Restoration Project, bulbs have been planted throughout the Park by various groups. Many of these plantings have not been based on any previously drawn plans or recorded after they were planted. This left a significant gap in the data Bute Park staff had about the park and made it difficult to plan future bulb planting as they did not know what they had already got and where it is. Volunteers were needed to gather information on various things so that they ended up with a reasonably accurate plan showing the distribution and type of bulbs planted in grass areas throughout the Park.

The project took place over a 12 month period (starting January 2014) and entailed volunteers:
· Walking the park every few weeks and recording the location of emerging bulbs
· Plotting the location and size of the groups on a plan with reasonable accuracy – within a couple of meters accuracy would be fine for most groups.
· Identifying main species groups – daffodils, crocus, mixed (with species) etc..
· Identifying variety if possible – we may have records of what was planted but not necessarily exactly where it was planted
· Making a note of the flowering time and period.
· Attending sessions to help plot the data into Bute Park auto cad and map info records

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Excavations at the Mill Leat Cardiff Castle: 24/25th October 2013

Dr Amelia Pannett of Archaeology Wales led the team of volunteers.  On the Thursday there were four volunteers from The Friends of Bute Park, and four students from Cardiff University Archaeology Department.

The excavation team had discovered a variety of items which could have belonged to people living in Cardiff Castle during the period ca.1580-1650.  There were also items from various industries close to Cardiff Castle.

There were many fragments of pottery, including necks of  drinking flagons, bowls, dishes with a variety of glazes, and cooking pottery.  There were also a number of clay tobacco pipe fragments – the bowls of the pipes were very small as tobacco was extremely expensive at this time.  The findings included some pretty pieces of  patterned Venetian glass. The volunteers also washed a large number of animal bones, including some (very large) teeth.

By way of change, we then washed lumps of slag which had been deposited in the river from the industries operating there at the time – these will be analysed for their metal contents. Metal objects had to be dry dusted, to prevent them from corroding, and included dress pins which were very fiddly to brush clean.

At the end of the session we agreed that we had all had an extremely interesting and enjoyable day, and would be happy to volunteer again.

Elizabeth Pengilly

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Visit to the Mill Leat – 27th September 2013

Mill Leat Site Visit

On Friday 27th September we were invited by Alun Griffiths – the contractors on the Mill Leat project – to visit the site.  This was a unique opportunity to see the work in progress before the Mill Leat, in front of the west wall of Cardiff Castle, is finally flooded. We were impressed by the care with which the masonry had been restored and by the efforts made to protect the trees around the site.  This is a major project costing over £800,000 and will restore the appearance of the Castle to that before the Mill Leat was drained in the 1970’s. We were interested in the remains of the old mill as well as the foundations for the piers of the Swiss Bridge that formerly linked the Castle and the Park; these had been revealed during the work.

Thanks to Gail Jones for organising the visit and to Christian the engineer who guided us around and answered our questions.”

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A Walk in the Park

DSCN5505Dafydd Cadog, a very capable and entertaining speaker, led a large group of Friends and members of Cardiff Civic Society around Bute Park last evening. We assembled outside the Mochyn Du public house and resisting the temptation to pop in for a quick pint, started off at a fair pace.

With our very first view of the River Taff we were told that the neat walls that bound its banks were built in 1979 after a great flood. Daffyd then gave us a brief talk about the City itself and showed us some old maps and told us that as far back as 1548 Cardiff had been a small market town but, being on a river, was destined to develop over time, as such fortunately situated settlements do.

photo (1)As we walked into the park itself we learnt a little of its long history. Originally, this land
was rough pasture and areas such Old Man’s Wood and Cooper’s Field were not developed until the mid nineteenth century as they are not shown on earlier maps. The land was confined by the Bute family and used as their private grounds from 1850 but, because the citizens had been ‘robbed’ of this green space, Sofia Gardens was built as a form of compensation.

photoThe gardens were named after Sofia Rawdon-Hastings, second wife of John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute (1793-1848), hailed as the founder of modern Cardiff. The park was handed back to the City and its inhabitants in 1947 by John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute (1907-1956); and was named Bute Park in 1948.

As we walked through the park, Dafydd talked about the old summerhouse and the various statues that are springing up including the pig/dragon’s head and what might depict a wild woman carved from an upended tree, although, with a full beard and moustache, most of us thought it looked more like a wild man!

IdesiaWith contributions from the Friends we also learned some interesting facts about the champion trees in the Park and quite a few folk took photos of the superb Wingnut (Pterocarya fraxinifolia) by the red bridge. The walk concluded where it had started, at the Mochyn Du, but this time with no restrictions to entering and having a well earned drink!  Thank you Dafydd.

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