Bute Estate spent &#xA3;15,000 laying out 41 acres - 1854 In March 1897 it "will be a place for public assembly for the people of Cardiff" 24 acres landscaped by Alexander Roos as a Continental garden Opened to public to compensate for closure of the castle grounds First municipal park in Cardiff - pleasure ground, ornamental lake and walks, fountains and many other features now lost.
It began, as so often, by enclosure and exclusion - public prohibited in favour of deer. By 1873 it reached its peak with the work of Andrew Pettigrew But even the Butes' had to eat - in early 20th century they added a vegetable garden 1947 some of the land was given other parts purchased with ratepayers money. In 1924 Council plans to drive a roadway through the park were defeated "an act of vandalism. In 2008 the Council gave itself permission to build a roadway and bridge for 40 ton lorries through Bute Park.
In 1860 intended to extend to Llandaff Cathedral acquired in 1879 Laid out in 1901 - including features such as the Lime Avenue In 1947 swimming pool exists The avenue was cut by Western Avenue and the College developed on part of the parkland Llandaff Fierlds Vociferous local campaign in 1898 to prevent develop and bring into public ownership Contributors included the Thomsons who in 1912 gifted Thomson Park to the city Originally landscaped with fountain, pool, rockery and fern dell
Bute Parks Partnership - 2009 update
Bute Parks Alliance
Cardiff’s historic green spaces
We call on Cardiff Council to agree to
an immediate moratorium on
developments in the central city park
complex - Bute Park, Sophia
Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and
Llandaff Fields - until a wide ranging
public consultation has been held into
their use and a future strategy agreed.
Renewing public spaces
and civic society
a Cardiff Civic Society event at the newly re-opened
Chapter Arts Centre 7pm Thursday 19th November
This event has also received the support of The Victorian Society and the Bute Parks Alliance.
Details on www.cardiffpartnerships.org