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Himalayan balsam will continue over the summer – watch this space!

 Dawn Chorus – The Summerhouse Cafe by the Millennium Bridge on Thursday 25 April 2019 at 0630 to listen to the birds in all their glory! 

This was a joint event with Cardiff Civic Society


A Walk in the Woods – Spring Walk in the Woods/ Himalayan Balsam ‘recce’ was on Sunday 28th April at 11 am. 

 WE REALLY NEED YOU TO SUPPORT OUR ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK, so please email us or put suggestions on our Facebook page. 

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

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Website – Friends of Bute Park

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WE ARE PLANNING OUR SPRING PROGRAMMEWHAT WOULD YOU ENJOY? Walks and talks on various subjects to do with the park, conservation, competitions ? Please let us know either here on our Facebook page or by email to

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

Email us at:
Facebook- buteparkfriendsgroup
Website – Friends of Bute Park
Follow us on Twitter:  @ friendsbutepa

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Previously Posted….

Look back over our previous posts.

If people want to have a 2020 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.  (Please keep taking photos – in time for next years 2020 calendar).

Himalayan Balsam


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.


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. 

Postcards etc

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.

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 with the Bute Park’s Supervisor of Nursery and Plant Shop
Volunteering opportunities with Chay for people who would like to look after the plants, potting up, stocking shop etc.  Chay Sanders is looking for volunteers.

 The nursery is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

HB Pulling  2018
Who thought this 20170514_120234year would end so quickly.  When Spring is sprung again in 2019 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 strong gloves in case of nettles etc and weather wise protection;  Remember to keep each other in sight, and do not leave bags or other items unattended.  Do not pick up needles, but let the leader of the group know.


 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:

 Previous events

Sat 10 Nov 10.30 Secret Garden Cafe  Conservation

Met at 10.30 am  at the Secret Garden Café  cleared away the sycamore saplings (also some litter picking, and also cut back the overhanging branches on the bark chipping path.  Despite the weather, did a good job and enjoyed it.

Sat 20 Oct 10am Secret Garden Cafe  Glamorgan Fungus Group
Very enjoyable.  Knowledgeable leaders of the walk from the Glamorgan Fungus Group enlightened everyone who attended as to the diversity of the fungus in the park, and showed us fungus we had never suspected to be there.  Small worlds are beautiful.

Sat 13 Oct – Conservation with Park Ranger .
Went very well, despite the moments of rain we had before we started, the rest of the time was sunny and very enjoyable.


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