Cardiff Civic Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2014 by working with Cardiff Council to plant 50 trees – one for each year – during National Tree Week, 29 November – 7 December 2014.
The aim was to replace specimen trees lost in Bute Park during the winter gales – one of which will bear a Cardiff Civic Society Golden Jubilee commemorative plaque – and to add to tree collections where planting is sparse in various city parks. We worked with the charity, Trees for Cities, with the aim of exceeding the symbolic figure of 50 trees. Cardiff’s green spaces play a huge part in the health and well-being of the population, and in a recent survey of the city, 95 per cent of people cited urban green spaces as being a major factor in their well-being. Keeping the city green is hugely important, especially as local authorities face unprecedented budget restraints, and parks will inevitably feel the effects of cuts.
Here is the first of the Cardiff Civic Society Golden Jubilee trees being planted. The photograph shows our Chair Nerys Lloyd-Pierce with Bob Derbyshire (Cardiff Council cabinet member for the environment) planting a red oak in Bute Park, with a slate plaque commemorating our Jubilee year.
We have decided to make the Golden Jubilee Tree Planting Project an annual event. We would be hugely grateful if CCS members felt able to help us with donations. If you wish to contribute to this project please send a cheque made payable to Cardiff Civic Society to Golden Jubilee Project, 94 Ryder Street, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9BU.
We would also like to convey a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2014 Golden Jubilee Planting Project.