Parc Cefn Onn News

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.

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Guided tree walk 2019 – SUNDAY 26th May 2-3pm

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.

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HLF closures update

Cardiff Council sign in Parc Cefn Onn this week says the closures start on 4th Feb and will be for approximately 4 months.


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Partial Parc closures during forthcoming HLF project work

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 Related image£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

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Workdays for 2019

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.

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Herritage Lottery work begins

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.

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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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