This part of the web site is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with all the news relevant to Parc Cefn Onn. Keep coming back here to learn about recent and future activities.
Yeay!!! Cardiff Council Parks Department announced this morning that “We are pleased to inform you that the landscape works at the Dingle at Cefn Onn have now been completed and the upper park will re-open to the public at around 10am on Wednesday 7th August 2019.
The project has been particularly complicated due to the difficulties in accessing the site with machinery and we are grateful for your patience during the period of closure.”
I would urge everyone to get up there and check it out – the improvements around the main pond, the paths, the banks, the Summer house (information boards still to be installed), and the new elevated walkway to get to the top field are fantastic. Do take in the view of the pond from the walkway!!
Also note that the Council have introduced a new ‘dog of leads’ policy in the upper ‘Dingle’ part the Park. This is to address the many complaints they (and us) receive each year and is a compromise between as it used to be and no dogs at all. We hope everyone will respect it and encourage others who maybe unaware to do the same.
Part 2 of the Project, which comprises refurbishing the building and toilets in the car park and installing mobility scooters, will commence in the autumn.
Dry copy I know but here’s a quick summary of our AGM last week: I (Friends Chairman) gave a summary of all of the work the Friends Group have done to improve the Park this last year, current status of the phytopthora disease control measures, initiatives like the lower pond improvement project, successful application for the Green Flag Award for the 6th year running, labelling the rare and interesting trees, producing a trees in Cefn Onn booklet, and wildflower planting. I also described how the Heritage Lottery funded project in the upper part of the Park was nearing completion and invited all attending the AGM for an exclusive behind the scenes guided tour by Rosie James (the project manager) on Monday this week (which was fab). Rob Blacklidge (Treasurer) reported on our independently audited accounts and current membership numbers. All Committee members were re-elected and a new member also joined the Committee. We then went to the pub to celebrate another very successful 12 months!
Old School Hall, Llwyn-Y-Pia Road, Lisvane, 7 – 7:30 pm
This will be the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Friends Group, which was formed by local Thornhill and Lisvane residents to try and halt the deterioration of our beloved Country Park and bring it back to life. We will be discussing our achievements this past year and plans for the year ahead. All are welcome attend, contribute to the discussions, and socialise with other Park users.
Official small print: Nominations from members for Executive Committee posts (Chairperson, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Committee Members) and suggested agenda items need to be submitted for the attention of the Secretary by email to (email@example.com) or can be hand delivered to the office of the Friends of Parc Cefn Onn adjacent to the Park’s parking area.
As part of the HLF improvements programme, Cardiff Council will be resurfacing a section of the pathway just beyond the underpass on Thursday 18th July. Due to the nature of the work being carried out, and since this is the only main entrance into the lower part of the Parc, they will to have to close the park on the 18th July. Obviously closure is essential, but I am sure you would agree the inconvenience will be worth it to improve the damaged pathway. The Council be putting signage up in the park and their webpage etc to advise of the closure. The park will reopen as normal at 7am on Friday 19th July.
The Friends are very pleased to organise our popular guided tree walk with our expert Peter Kent again this year. Due to ongoing renovations in the upper part of the Park it will only take place in the lower part this year, but don’t worry, there is still LOTs of interesting and rare tree and shrub species to see. The event is free and open to all members and non-members. Meet in the Park car park just before 2pm.
Cardiff Council sign in Parc Cefn Onn this week says the closures start on 4th Feb and will be for approximately 4 months.
Cardiff Council have just announced (+Welsh) that the works to deliver major improvements to Parc Cefn Onn step up significantly next week. “The works are part of a National Lottery funded £660,000 project that will deliver a number of improvements to the Grade 2 listed, historic country park in north Cardiff and its facilities for visitors including better access, improved signage, improvements to the ponds and waterways and upgraded toilet facilities.” Although the Council don’t stipulate for how long, they do say that “During this time, the Dingle in the upper area of the park will be closed to the public. Access alongside the railway to the woodlands and footpath network beyond the park will remain open.”
To find out more about the project and to view a map showing the restrictions that will be in place from February 4, visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/parccefnonn.
Our calendar of Workdays for 2019 has now been set and agreed with the Council and our Park Ranger, Alec. The first two are on Sunday 27th January and Sunday 17th February. All Workdays are 2 – 4pm. Meet in the car park just before 2pm. For details of what Workdays involve see the ‘Activities’ page above and for a full list of 2019 dates for your diary see the ‘Workdays’ page above.
Work using the HLF funding has finally commenced with repairs to the Summerhouse near the top pond. Repairs have been made to the walls and flagstone floor and the oak roof frame is currently being fitted.
The council are part way through the process of evaluating the tenders submitted in respect of the remodelling of the toilets/amenity block and the combined landscape package comprising the pond works and path upgrade. There is still a bit of work to be done before they are in a position to award contracts, but we hope that this will be soon.
Having had 8 weeks of almost all-to-wall sunshine we planed today’s work accordingly. Unfortunately a weekend of downpours meant all the fallen branches and leaves were immediately washed by the surface water into clogging up the drains and culverts. A very wet small team of 4 of us sorted all our drainage problems in the middle of this summer heatwave!