On Wednesday 29th October Pettigrew Tea Rooms hosted a free pumpkin-carving event for families to raise funds for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales (Cerebral Palsy). The Bute Park Education & Outreach Officer and 2 Urban Rangers with invaluable carving expertise were on hand to help. Thirty pumpkins were carved during the morning, which were then taken away by families to be enjoyed over the Halloween period.

The centre-piece of the event was a huge pumpkin grown by Terry Walton, resident allotment expert on Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 programme. This was donated to Pettigrew Tea Rooms and after its carving was made into pumpkin soup. Proceeds from the sale of the soup all went to the Bobath charity.

The event represented an excellent example of partnership-working between Parks staff, a Bute Park concession and a charity working to help some local people who need it most. The event received significant press interest including features on Radio 2 and following its success has been pencilled in as a regular event in the Bute Park/Pettigrew Tea Rooms calendar.