Email us at:  We need new photos for our photos of the month.  

Stroll around the Park on Wednesday 11th.

Meeting at 11a.m. at the Secret Garden on the 11th July 2011.

If people want to have a 2019 calendar, then please email to confirm.  We will be looking for photos to go on the calendar.  They are looking to have the desk calendars they had last year.

Thanks are needed.

Thank you to all who turned up for the Himalayan Balsam pulling on the 8th July 2018.




The Himalayan Balsam plant is an invasive species, that  grows very well here and smothers our native plants.  Due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers there are Red Campions, Wood Anemones, Starwort and other native plants making a comeback in the woods.  Even the Ransomes and the Bluebells needed a helping hand and have increased significantly over the years the Himalayan Balsam has been pulled up.

Wednesday 11th July 11a.m. at the Secret Garden Café:  ‘A Stroll in the Park ‘- come and join us for a wander to see the lovely flowers and Trees and enjoy learning or indeed sharing knowledge about this wonderful park.  All our events are FREE and suitable for all ages.  




Cardiff Nats Group have a very interesting website:Website

 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. 


We may also be looking to produce postcards, so if you have any lovely photos that you do not mind us using to put on a postcard and sell to fund the Friends of Bute Park, please email us.

We are also thinking of producing a calendar possibly for December, so if people have photos from January, take one photo a month  – keep the date and the location , and then send it to us when we mention our Calendar request and any that are seasonable.  People who send in their photos give their permission to use on our websites, Facebook page, Twitter and on postcards, Celebration cards and Calendars.


The Secret Garden Café has now re-opened.  Tell us what you think.

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 .

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 Council’s Education Officer with educational visits and family events at the Education Centre and in the park.  :

 The nursery is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

HB Pulling

Who thought next 20170514_120234year would come around so quickly.  When Spring is sprung and we start controlling this lovely pest again, see below for what you need.

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 – closed group, so you will need to 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 at one of the cafes 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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