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This planted earth sculpture of a warthog’s head located in woodland behind the Summerhouse Café was originally lovingly created by the in-house gardening team in 2001. The feature was inspired by a horticultural feature seen in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall.
Sadly, “Pumba” fell into disrepair following repeated breakage of his protective timber fence.
Your donations received through a Bute Park Improvement Project initiative in 2020/21 have helped protect and restore him to his former glory.
Your donation has helped protect and restore him to his former glory.
The profile was re-established using recycled earth, and he was re-planted by our gardeners, volunteers and horticultural apprentices. Various ornamental grasses were used to give the impression of fur (Hedera helix and Pachysandra), black eyebrows (Ohiopogon planiscapus “Nigrescians”), a colourful billowing mane (Luzula sylvatica, Stipa tenuissima, and Crocosmia aurea) and a mohican (Miscanthus sinensis “Zebrinus”).
Protective metal railings and a gardener access gate were also installed.
The origin of “Pumba”
Assistant Manager for the South-eastern district, Roy Hutchins conceived the idea after visiting the lost gardens of Heligan and seeing “The Giant’s Head” back in 2000.
In preparation, soil generated from maintenance of the city’s bowling greens was stockpiled. The warthog design came about organically; there was no particular reason for it. Grounds Maintenance Area Manager, Will Power, created the profile of the head and carved the wooden ears and nose. Working Supervisor, Dave Hutchins created the eye mosaics using broken tiles and bicycle reflectors as the glint in his eyes! As a warthog, the feature gained the nickname “Pumba”. In 2012 the timber elements were replaced using cedar wood from a diseased tree in Roath Park. It was at this point the tusks were added.
The changing face of “Pumba”
The warthog has had several hairstyles over the years.
You can find “Pumba” behind the Summerhouse Café hidden amongst the trees by the Woodland Play Trail.
Help Save “Pumba”
We have reached our target of £2165.
We have raised a total of £2165. Thank you!
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