The Bute Park Restoration Project has transformed Cardiff's largest city centre park into a place celebrated by the city’s residents and visitors alike.
Cardiff’s Bute Park is being restored to enhance its historic features, provide new visitor facilities, improve access for all, and to help tell the many fascinating stories played out within the park over the centuries.
Lottery funding has helped restore the iconic stone sculpted Animal Wall, which included giving the anteater back his broken nose! It built the new Summerhouse Cafe and Education Centre, and has transformed the old small park keeper’s lodge into the popular Pettigrew tea rooms.
The large park, which runs along the east of the River Taff corridor and has Cardiff Castle as its backdrop, has new toilet and refreshment facilities, improved pathways, benches, bins and signage for visitors.
The park’s listed buildings, historic waterways and medieval friary site are being restored, with new interpretative materials for future generations of visitors to enjoy and learn from.
Horticultural apprentices are gaining skills and qualifications. Anthony Davies had started taking A-levels but left the academic school route after he beat hundreds of applicants to get his dream job in practical horticulture. He now works tirelessly on the parks’ stunning floral borders and helps the public at Gardeners’ Question Time events. He said: “I love working in the park. It’s changed my life, and I love to see the pleasure our work brings people.”
The newly flourishing Friends of Bute Park help with maintenance and management, running events, regular litter picks and undertaking clearance of invasive species.
Jane Williams, Friends of Bute Park Vice Chair said “Bute Park is a life-giving, wonderful place, where everyone can enjoy history and wildlife at the heart of the city. It preserves my sanity.”
Bute Park was a finalist in the 2012 National Lottery Awards.
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