Event 119: Cardiff Castle Grounds, Bute Park

Ho, Ho, Ho! The last CRG event of the year!

Rounding off a very successful year, an intrepid team of 15 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group braved the lashing rain yesterday (Saturday 19 December) to improve the environment of Bute Park around Cardiff Castle.

The award-winning volunteers gave their final gift of 2015 to the residents and wildlife of Cardiff as they litter-picked Bute Park.

Following a request from Cardiff Council Park’s department, they also tackled the overgrown vegetation in the canal surrounding the castle.  The vegetation removed will be used to make a dead hedge early in 2016, which will provide a habitat for wildlife.

Commenting on the morning’s work, CRG treasurer Dave King said,

We returned to carry on with the habitat management along the banks of the feeder. We removed the self-sown buddleia , thus opening up the banks to daylight. We also removed the willow that had encroached into the feeder itself and some of the brambles along the fence, leaving plenty of habitat for birds come the spring.

“If areas like this are not maintained they simply deteriorate, so it’s essential we keep on top of the invasive species.  Our volunteers also collected 10 bags of litter from the banks and surrounding area – a great effort!”

2015-12-19 CRG 1

And there are more photos from the event on Flickr.

CRG wishes everyone A Very Merry Christmas and looks forward to seeing you on a river in 2016!

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