Support the Bute Park Alliance

Trees being felled in Bute Park to make way for an access road.

Trees being felled in Bute Park to make way for an access road. Photo: Anne Greagsby, Bute Park Alliance.

Cardiff Friends of the Earth fully supports the Bute Parks Alliance's call for a halt to new developments in the city central parks. We believe that any further developments in Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields or Llandaff Fields should halt until a wide-ranging public consultation has been held into their use and a future strategy agreed.

We do not believe that the Council's plans for an access road and bridge into the park are necessary. We are not aware that the Council has held a proper consultation on these matters. Bute Park was given to the 'people' of Cardiff by the Bute Family as a green space for us to enjoy. During the time the park has been in the care of Cardiff Council this space has already been significantly encroached upon by various developments and it's nature altered.

We do not think that driving bedding plants in large lorries from Holland into a city centre nursery is either sustainable nor desirable because of the amount of climate changing carbon produced by this. We believe that the Council should consider siting the nursery elsewhere instead of in the middle of an historic green recreation area. We also believe that the nursery should be provide green jobs in Cardiff by growing its own bedding plants instead of importing them from Holland.

We are also concerned about this particular greenfield development because of Cardiff Council's Local Development Plan proposals to build over vast areas of green space around Cardiff. We urge the Council to remember that the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 requires it to conserve biodiversity. We believe that this requirement includes the conservation and improvement of such green spaces for wildlife and for people.