Parc Cefn Onn News

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July Workday – basking in the sunshine (not)

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!


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New wildflowers come into bloom

In our April Workday we dug over areas of the entrance field and planted a mix of wild flower seeds. Look what is blooming marvellous now when you enter the Parc!

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Friends AGM: 4th July 2018,

Sorry to those present that the AGM venue was a little confused this year. When we arrived the hall was in use by the local dance group in what appeared to be a very unusual double booking. No problems though and we relocated to the next door library room. (Subsequently discovered that their booking was for the following week.) AGM went well thereafter and we received an update on the Heritage Lottery Funding project, our Park Rangers review of our last year,  adopted a resolutions such as approaching the Council with a car park security improvement option, and re-election of the existing Committee members. We do still need another Committee member or two though if anyone is interested?

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Car damage incident

We are very disappointed to report that a Park visitor has informed us that they have had their car rear windscreen put through on Sunday 1st July at about 4pm whilst parked in the car park. The adjacent car suffered similar damage.

They reported to the police. Obviously the whole family were quite upset by the incident and it is a real shame that their visit, which they were really enjoying up until returning to their car, was significantly marred by the incident.

We will be discussing what could be done to help prevent such incidents at the meeting tonight and really hope that the family are not deterred in visiting Cefn Onn again.

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Friends AGM: 4th July 2018, 19:30-20:00

Old School Hall, Llwyn-Y-Pia Road, Lisvane

This will be the 8th 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.

It’s not a big event and you won’t be asked to commit to anything! We’d just really appreciate ½ hr of your support and any contribution to ideas that you might care to make.

Official small print: Nominations 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 30th June 2017. This can be by email to ( or can be hand delivered to the office of the Friends of Parc Cefn Onn adjacent to the Park’s parking area.
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April Workday 2018

We had a great day amongst the budding daffodils in the entrance field on Sunday. In case you are wondering what we were doing/ what the 3 patches of dug over turf are for – we are planting wild flower beds to add more colour to the entrance area. Fingers crossed for a great display this summer.


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A brief history of Parc Cefn Onn

Since forming, the Friends have been collecting historical information in order to produce a history booklet in 2018/19 to capture the fascinating story before it is lost in the mists of time. Whilst we are working on this booklet and seeking publication funding, Committee member Tony Cousins has produced a summary that we are pleased to say is now available on our Park Information webpage. If anyone has additional historical information or photographs from the period 1910 to 1950 we would love to hear from you during current production of the booklet.

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Upper park tree labelling complete

The Friends have now installed all the labels on the special trees in the upper park. These labels were funded by a special grant from Cardiff Council.

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When snow fell all around…

Just when the weather was beginning to warm up, the recent double cold spells have confused the new flower shoots that had just started to protrude from the soil.

The park was full of people making the most of the snowfall, the top field from the Golf club area was very popular with kids on sledges.

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Heritage Lottery funding update

Following a briefing from Cardiff Council we know have start dates for the Heritage lottery grant work:

Car park toilets & office work will start inn April 2018. The Main pond clean out & bank stabilization will start in the summer of 2018.

Upgrading of paths will start following the end of the bird nesting season in 2018.

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