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


Sun 28 Oct  11am  Secret Garden Cafe  A walk in the Park to take photos of the autumn colour; we may use selected pictures for our 2019 calendar. 

Dear Friends 

We are about to start work on our Bute Park Calendar for 2019. If you have not already placed your orders please do so soon by emailing us.  We welcome photos which show the Park in its season; If you want to submit photos for inclusion in the calendar please send them to this address: We can only accept 4 photos (ideally one for each season) per entry. 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 on greetings cards and the Calendar – to be sold to raise funds for the Friends The photographer will be acknowledged in each case.

The date for this is Sunday 28th October; we will meet outside the Summerhouse Cafe (by the bench next to the river) at 11.00. It would be nice if experienced photographers could give us novices a few tips for getting the best shots.

Hoping for a fine day like today!


Sat 10 Nov 10.30 Secret Garden Cafe  Conservation – details on websites or by email to members 

Sun 25 Nov 9am Secret Garden Cafe – BIRDS – learn and listen with our expert birders 

Thurs 29 Nov – Talk by Peter Finch, author of books about Cardiff – details to be announced later.  

End of November – National Tree Week – planting, walks and talks and YOUR ideas please! 

Sat 8 Dec 1030am  Secret Garden Cafe  Conservation 

Sat 12 January 2019  Secret Garden Cafe  Conservation

Sat 9 February 2019  Secret Garden Cafe  Conservation

NB you will find us by the table by the river outside the SG Café (if we can grab it before anyone else).  

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:  @ friendsbutepark

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.

Cardiff Rivers Group had to cancel due to the River being in the highest spate for years.  For those who visited Blackweir and saw the awesome sight of it rolling feet high over the weir and filling the little stream near to Tesco’s to the brim or who saw the overflow in the  Bay with the boats little tickets huts being feet deep, will have breathed a sigh of relief. 


Stream by Tescos full up



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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.

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 Staff in Bute Park Education Centre
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 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:


Mon 17 Sept – Pontcanna Meadow mowing commences – please look out for hedgehogs 
Other local events

Monday 24 Sept Cardiff Naturalist Society AGM and talk ‘Alaska’ Room 0.23 School of Management,
Cardiff Met, Eastern Ave. All welcome – free.
Tues 16 Oct – Cardiff Naturalists Society talk on Wildlife research in Sabah Borneo (as above).

Wed 3 Oct – Cardiff Civic Society Event – Geocaching in Riverside on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 5.30pm from the Nos Da. A fabulous, fun and quirky way to find out more hidden gems about the city you know and love– full details on CCS website.




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