Vandalism to Bute ParkFirst published 30th Sep, 2021
We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support following the terrible recent acts of vandalism committed in Bute Park.
A Just Giving page was set up by the Owner of the Secret Garden Café in Bute Park and by April 2022 it raised £5k towards restoring the park. The crowd-fund is now closed but people can still support the park here. We would like to thank Melissa and all the donors who supported this campaign.
The money raised will be transferred to the Friends of Bute Park and used to replace trees lost to the attack, many of which were funded by individuals through the Bute Park tree donation scheme. Any money left over may be held as an ear-marked fund by the Friends of Bute Park to fund tree replacements required after future vandalism attacks. This builds in some resilience and will hopefully ensure prospective tree donors are not deterred by any ongoing risk of vandalism.
We are delighted to report that two positive developments for Bute Park were born directly out of this tragedy:
- The park was gifted a new cherry tree avenue New cherry blossom tree avenue planted in Bute Park as an expression of enduring friendship between Japan and Wales – Bute Park (bute-park.com)
- The park has given permission for a new community orchard planting project New orchard in Bute Park as two trees planted for every tree destroyed in 2021 vandalism (cardiffnewsroom.co.uk)
These developments, both initiated by members of the public, give a powerful message of solidarity and hope. In addition to the CCTV installed in and around the park since the attack, we hope they make people think twice before targeting a vulnerable park owned and loved by the city.
The first trees in a new community orchard were planted in Cardiff’s Bute Park today (30th November) as plans developed in the wake of a devastating vandalism attack on the park begin to bear fruit. Read more here “Bute Park ‘Plants Back Better’ with more trees and a new community orchard”.
Bute Park is still the fabulous park you know & love so please continue to enjoy it.
Read the next instalment of this story at the Bute Park ‘Plants Back Better’ with more trees and a new community orchard blog post.
We won’t let these people spoil our park.
The Bute Park Team
- Cardiff News Room 10.09.2021
- Cardiff News Room 20.09.2021
- BBC News 13.09.2021
- Wales Online 14.09.2021
- Wales Online 21.09.2021
- BBC News 05.12.2022
- Cardiff News Room 30.11.2022
- BBC Radio Wales’s Breakfast Show 05-12-22
Bute Park Manager, Julia Sas, was interviewed live about the replacement planting and new orchard by Claire Summers on BBC Radio Wales’s Breakfast Show 05-12-22. The interview took place 55:33 into the show. Listen to the interview by selecting that time point here.
- First Published 30.09.2021
- Updated 1.12.2022