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Pettigrews now stock our cards, so if you want to support us but don’t want to become a regular member  or if you are a regular member, you can buy our cards there Tell all your friends. 

Next Lovely Conservation Dates.  

Saturday 11 November when we will be coppicing some of the hazels. 1030am at the Secret Garden cafe (closed).  We very much enjoyed it last year.  Lots of healthy exercise in the fresh air, lots of socialising, and very good for the gardeners and the hazels.

Winter Conservation

Dear Friends
We are starting our winter conservation programme on Saturday 14 October – a variety of tasks starting by looking at Blackweir Woods with the ranger.  We will meet ranger Jim at the Secret Garden Café (which is shut) at 1030 am.

 The Education Centre will open between 12 and 3pm and has accessible toilets.  Otherwise the toilets are in Sophia Gardens car park and Pettigrews café.

Future conservation dates will be on the second Saturday of the month, 11 November and 9 December. These dates will be confirmed on our websites and by email. 

Complete Weed Control sprayed the Japanese Knotweed in the park yesterday.  Unfortunately this will  mean a dead area around each plant but the spindly stems are too small to inject.  As the JK seems to be increasing as we pull up Himalayan Balsam (or just becomes more visible) there is currently no alternative.   

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR AGM is at 11 am today, (Saturday 7/10/17)  at the Education Centre (behind the closed Secret Garden Café) – do come, we need your support!

Jane Williams

Bute Park is running an event.  See the below.

Autumn Wildlife Event
A day of free wildlife activities for children and families, from leaf safaris and colour trails to unusual wildlife exhibits and guided walks.
A brilliant day!  Wrap up warm and join the Bute Park team outside for an autumn adventure.
Saturday 28th October 2017
10.30 – 15.00
Meet at the Bute Park Education Centre
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Grow Wild sent us an email via our Friends of Bute Park email address.  Unfortunately too late for the 5th October event.

They say “We still have some places available on our free courses in October – we really want to spread the word on how fascinating these subjects are and have fantastic speakers lined up.  Please forward to anyone you think may benefit from this. 

Below is a message from Meriel Jones at the Education Centre with information about volunteering opportunities in the Park, working with her and the team there. We offer unique volunteering opportunities at Bute Park Education Centre including front of house volunteers who meet and greet visitors to the centre, give out Bute Park maps and trails and assist with the day to day running of the centre.  Educational event volunteers who assist the Education Officer with educational visits and family events at the Education Centre and in the park, activities include mini beast hunts, orienteering and outdoor learning. Other opportunities include gardening and nursery volunteering.  Please get in touch with Meriel if you are interested to have a chat about volunteering opportunities. Her e-mail is :


We will let you know the results of the photo competition with entries sent in by Members of Friends of Bute Park.   Entries were voted for on the day of the AGM (held on 7/10/17).   The most popular will be included in a Friends of Bute Park Calendar for 2018 – to be published just in time for Christmas presents!



Bute Park Goodie
Bute Park Staff have now got hives in the Secret Garden, and the Education Centre is now selling Bute Park Honey  as well as the various pot plants  supplied by the gardeners .   The nursery is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Cardiff Nats Group are having an event.  Details below.

“After 150 years we now have Iolo talking to the Cardiff Nats’.   Public Tickets are now available … please see details if you want to join in what we hope will be a fun evening – remember you can still get members tickets via the society which allows you to join the private reception.  “We really hope this evening will achieve both of our goals – having an entertaining evening, and attracting some new members so please share the event with your friends – details on the date, time and how to get tickets are on facebook and on our website”

HB Pulling

Think that is all for this year folks, but remember for next year:

You need to bring/wear sensible clothing and footwear – long sleeves/trousers and gloves in case of nettles and weather wise protection;  Remember to keep each other in sight, and do not leave bags etc unattended.




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

 We always welcome new members –   Come and join us or contact us as below:

Email us at:

Facebook – buteparkfriendsgroup – apply to join

Follow us on Twitter:  @ friendsbutepark

 Are you also interested in: –
Tagging the Trees in the Park.
The Friends of Bute Park along with Malcolm Frazer will be replacing lost tags on the trees in the autumn months and updating the Park records. Do let us know if you are interested in helping to do this.

Digital Camera


Himalayan Balsam Pulling Requirements

Long trousers or jeans are a must when pulling as the Balsam can be surrounded by nettles and brambles; though we will not ask new pullers to tackle  these areas. Stout shoes are also a necessity as the ground can be uneven to say the least. Gardening gloves or other tough gloves are also needed  whilst protection against the elements is necessary whether it be rain or sun.  Keeping ourselves and others safe by keeping someone else in sight is a priority and awareness of hazards such as low flying branches is more than desirable.  However, despite these occupational hazards, we have never lost a HB Puller yet, and most injuries are just scratches and stings, which mean nothing to the toughies who choose to pull in those choice areas (its a choice not a requirement, which means they are much to be admired).  All the HB Puller posse are aware that we are helping to prevent a monoculture and keeping bio-diversity alive and well, whilst also knowing that this is  the most satisfying, social, and rewarding way to keep fit.    Please be aware we do not demand total commitment, constant attendance, or the putting in of long hours, only that people should be responsible adults and take care of their own children if brought along.  We also like to go for a cuppa afterwards but that is not obligatory.p1030722



Other Organisations

The Cardiff Naturalists Society
 CNS has excellent presentations each month .  Visit their website:




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