We meet again on Sunday the 10th at the Secret Garden Cafe at 11.00 (not as originally stated 9th, as that is a Saturday.. Sunday 10th here we come).  Will try to grab the picnic tables next to the river if I can.

There are a few pink buds left which have not yet gone to seed.  Usual precautions (long sleeves, trousers, stout shoes, no lone working and take care of any bags etc.) please.   

Looking forward to seeing you.


AGM Notification

Our AGM  will be on Saturday 7th October at 11.00am in the Education Centre (entrance through the Secret Garden Cafe).

Please come along, as it will be an opportunity to meet everyone, and talk about what we do in the coming year. There will be tea ,coffee and home made cakes.  Yum yum. (Not made by me so you are safe).

Bring your photos along to AGM

Also there will be a photo competition with entries sent in by Members of Friends of Bute Park.   Entries will be judged on the day by those present at the AGM and the most popular will be included in a Friends of Bute Park Calendar for 2018 – to be published in time for Christmas presents!

Details are as follows:

There will be separate categories for adults and for young people (i.e. up to and including 15 years of age),  all entrants must be members of Bute Park. The photos must have been taken in the Park. It is a condition of entry that submitted photos may be used by the Friends in our publicity material and on our website, as well as for greetings/post cards and the Calendar – to be sold to raise funds for the Friends. The photographer will be acknowledged in each case.

Hard / Paper copies of your photographs A5 to A4 sized should be sent to the Education Centre to arrive at the latest by Saturday September 30th 2017.

The Education Centre’s address is:
Bute Park Education Centre
Bute Park
North Road
Cardiff CF10 3DX

Envelopes should be clearly marked ‘Friends of Bute Park Photo Comp’

Please  write your name and e-mail address  on the back of each photo with a note of where and when it was taken. We will contact those who have taken the photos we would like to use by e-mail, so that they can provide us with a digital version. Members of the Friends of Bute Park group can enter up to three photographs per person. Entries in hard/paper copy will not be returned.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th October.


Bute Park Goodies

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

We took a rest this  August bank holiday, but we have one now on the 10th September.

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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