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13-15 April 2018  RHS Show. Come and have a chat, about Bute Park, the Mill Leat and everything.

 21 April  Cathays Fair Meet us and greet us at the Cathays Fair.    Fun for all the family.


Saturday 21 April 10:30am Secret Garden Cafe Conservation in Blackweir Woods. Working on the pathway and checking the growth of invasive species like Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. Also watching the birds. Some hard work for those who like it, and interest for all!   Bring your spotter books and waterproof footwear.

Also we have: –

Invitations to two events from Cardiff Civic Society: Thursday April 19 6.30am Dawn Chorus Walk. Please meet at the Summerhouse Café in Bute Park (at end of the Millennium Bridge (Red Bridge) leading from Sophia Gardens car park). There will be the opportunity to purchase breakfast in the Summerhouse Café after the walk. There is no need to book please just turn up on the day.

Wednesday April 25 6pm Canton Library – HELP!!! Save the planet from plastic. David Tandy from Cardiff Council’s recycling unit tells us which plastics to recycle, which to avoid, and how we can all be greener. This is a free event, but please email Cardiff Civic Society chair to reserve a place:


Cardiff Nats Group have a very interesting website:Website

 And later on this Spring fresh month of April Friends of Bute Park are having a walk..


 28 April 2018  Plants Ancient and Modern Meet at 10:30 by the Education Centre for,  Plant ID walk

Bring your spotter books and we will be looking at the plants growing, and seeing which are indicative of ancient woodland . There is toothwort by the path at the moment, and the ransomes, wood anemones and bluebells are growing fast.

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 next year, 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.  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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