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Spring is coming.  But so is the snow and ice.

Its been lovely in the Park.

Nice walks down through the park to the City Centre or a stroll through the woods looking at the bulbs coming up.  Pity if the Beast from the East strikes again, but the plants are tough and still come back for more.

Trying to take photos of Kingfishers but far too fast, and not sure which trees they love to stand on, whilst they watch the river for their dinner.

Did you hear the woodpecker as you strolled along the Blackweir muddy path to the Education Centre?  Seems to have switched trees this time.  Definitely need to carry the camera around at all times.  What are the best lenses for taking bird pictures?

 

National Federation of Parks and Green Spaceswww.natfedparks.org.uk 

 

To all Friends groups – please forward to your members…

Please check out this major Sunday paper article below, paying tribute to the thousands of dedicated Friends Groups volunteers throughout the UK. Includes a statement from the NFPGS chair recognising the vital role of Friends groups and calling for proper investment and resources for all the UK’s parks.

Let’s try to keep up the good work and support each other in 2019!

Dave, NFPGS Chair

 

We salute the park saviours! Pruning, picking up litter and even patrolling at night

… how a volunteer army of 300,000 keep open green spaces that have been abandoned by councils

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6539081/How-volunteer-army-300-000-open-green-spaces-abandoned-councils.html 

  • The number of park volunteers has rocketed in just two decades – from a few thousand in the 1990s to more than 300,000 today
  • The Mail on Sunday’s Save Our Parks campaign has revealed that one in three parks no longer has any staff on site
  • Residents say they have felt compelled to step in after seeing their beloved green spaces become no-go zones 

By Michael Powell and Andrew Young For The Mail On Sunday

 

 

Contributors

If you have an interesting story to tell about your visits to Bute Park, your knowledge of people in the past who were involved in the Park, history of events in the park, then email us and we will put this on our website.   Please be aware that we may edit your stories.

We love our park and want to know that you love it too.  We also want to find out, what events would appeal to you?  Would you like to get involved more in the park, or just chillax?  What do you love about our Bute Park and what do you hate?

We also are putting up a gazebo in the park once a month and would like you to stop off and chat to us, tell us all about what you enjoy, what your history is about using the park.  

So talk to us when you see us.

 

 Hedgehog Alert

Hedgehogs – if you see them in daylight they may be unwell and need to be rehydrated.   Please phone The Hedgehog Helpline  07557646773 or take them to a vet. 

Timber

Red Oak Down

 Wild and stormy night.

We all heard the wind that blew whilst Irma was battering the Caribbean and USA, this was mild compared to that, this was Storm Aileen, still challenging on her own account.  The amount of branches and trees that have been blown down in Bute Park are immense.  Like this Red Oak that had fungal damage at its roots, which led to its toppling over when Storm Aileen hit.  Gorgeous in Autumn with its red leaves, only its sister oak next to it, is left to glow in autumnal colours.  One of our Friends of Bute Park is showing how huge the root ball is.  He is a tall chap, but is tiny against this massive mound of roots and earth.  Well, we will need to start planting trees again if this keeps up, so if anyone knows of a free supplier of such trees as the Red Oak tree, get in touch.

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