Planting Cathays

Cathays Compass / Keep Cathays Tidy

Planting Cathays will endeavour to engage & empower our local community to begin planting indigenous wildflowers in specific locations, as agreed with Council, around the Cathays district.

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Ruthin Gardens
Cathays
Cardiff
Caerdydd
CF24 4AU

Please check back at the continual improvements in the area, we will keep everyone updates of community consultancy, planting events and overall engagement and diversity of our volunteers who are involved in this project.
The 'Cathays Monthly Update' email will have all invitations to various planting events on it. You can download these from the 'Your Cathays' website.

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Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

All opportunities to get involved will be displayed on local posters, the Cathays Monthly Update group email, the social media for different Cathays groups - so everyone will be apprised of upcoming events and participation.

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Photos of the site

The sites look barren

Friday, May 17, 2019

Waste wood recovered & stained

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Waste wood recovered & stained

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Wildflowers ordered added in pots

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Foxgloves - always a classic

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Dig: Volunteers, Council, Police

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Dig: Volunteers, Council, Police

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The edge dig of the gardens begin

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Trenches for 800 wildflowers dug

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The sites are slowly improving

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Water butts ready for installing

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Compost added into Llanbleddian

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mixed in compost & dug up soil

Thursday, July 18, 2019

First few wildflowers added in

Friday, July 19, 2019

Family Planting boxes built

Friday, July 26, 2019

Grown wildflowers sent out

Saturday, July 27, 2019

A2 planting map to 1,500 families

Monday, July 29, 2019

Another water butt added to area

Saturday, August 10, 2019

All the tools and equipment out

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Littervpick/planting St Andrews

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Scouts wrap up the days work

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Scouts wrap up the days work

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Specific Wildflowers at locations

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Specific Wildflowers at locations

Saturday, September 21, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
More clean up and removal of invasive species in three locations in prep of the social families/children's group doing last planting efforts 07/09/2019 - 10:00 5 Mixed ages
Scouts came out to add 80 matured wildflowers to the Ruthin Gardens / Llanbleddian Gardens - part of their 'Community Badge' efforts 21/09/2019 - 13:30 20 12 – 15 years
4 weeks of building planting boxes in social housing area now completed and 49 families adding the wildflowers into the planting boxes 03/08/2019 - 10:00 65 Mixed mainly families
Dropped several multi-trays of wildflowers (now matured 2 months in 8cm pots) to Nazareth House for their elders to add to the grounds 29/07/2019 - 18:45 20 65 + years
Large A2 Map of all the planting locations gone to specific families. Raise awareness of planting; asking for recommendations of new sites! 22/07/2019 - 09:00 1 500 Mixed ages
Day 5 of 5 Digging up Llanbleddian Gardens/Ruthin Gardens - last dig day (80% of intended area successfully dug over) First water Butt added 18/07/2019 - 10:00 8 26 – 34 years
Day 4 of 5 Digging up Llanbleddian Gardens/Ruthin Gardens - significant challenge on Ruthin Gardens far areas - long dry period not helped 16/07/2019 - 09:45 4 45 – 54 years
Day 3 of 5 Digging up Llanbleddian Gardens/Ruthin Gardens - early stages of adding in matured (18-24 months) wildflowers to areas dug up 11/07/2019 - 10:00 5 Mostly families or children under 12
Day 2 of 5 Digging up Llanbleddian Gardens/Ruthin Gardens - 3 more sessions to follow - soil is incredibly poor quality and compost mixed in 09/07/2019 - 10:15 6 26 – 34 years
Day 1 of 5 Digging up Llanbleddian Gardens/Ruthin Gardens - extremely challenging digging compacted soil (20 years untouched) 04/07/2019 - 10:00 6 35 – 44 years
Day 1 of 5 Digging up Llanbleddian Gardens/Ruthin Gardens - extremely challenging digging compacted soil (20 years untouched) 04/07/2019 - 10:00 6 35 – 44 years
Share Cardiff event at Cathays Community Centre - one of the 20 tables to set up and engage public with planting project! 30/06/2019 - 15:00 100 26 – 34 years
FoBP Friends of Bute park AGM and follow up to planting the wildflowers in Bute Park Blackweir Nature Reserve 29/06/2019 - 18:30 15 65 + years
FoBP Friends of Bute park AGM and follow up to planting the wildflowers in Bute Park Blackweir Nature Reserve 29/06/2019 - 18:30 15 65 + years
Meet with Sherman Theatre volunteer co-ordinators - discuss digging plans outside the theatre on Llanbleddian Gardens and Ruthin Gardens 17/06/2019 - 16:00 5 26 – 34 years
Last meeting with council grounds staff to discuss last few issues before neighbourhood digging begins (H&S, insurances, targets etc) 17/06/2019 - 10:00 3 35 – 44 years
Cathays Fair - engaged with approx. 150+ families on the planting proposals/initiatives in the locale. More sites proposed for 2020's! 15/06/2019 - 14:00 150 Mostly families or children under 12
Stall meeting for fair - discussion of setting up a stall for the Planting project Cathays 10/06/2019 - 18:00 30 35 – 44 years
Dropped 40 Bluebells to 3 families who are planting on Gelligaer Family mini-park site. 10/06/2019 - 18:00 8 45 – 54 years
Over 2 evenings engaged with 4 events/groups from Bee Talk, Green Drinks, Share Cardiff and Ride my Bike to discuss planting projects! 05/06/2019 - 18:00 20 35 – 44 years
Nazareth House will accept a batch of wildflowers and take some of their residents out planting them on immediate grounds 25/05/2019 - 00:00 15 65 + years
2 solid weeks of adding more wildflower seedlings to small 8cm pots and 1.5 litre pots. Procured matured indigenous wildflowers for 4 sites 14/05/2019 - 09:00 15 Mostly families or children under 12
Letter to over 50 families on Catherine Street about planting box initiative for our social housing project - spoke to 60 of residents 21/05/2019 - 09:00 60 Mostly adults 25+
2nd mass litter pick of St Andrews Place - removal of needles and large debris with Al Manar Mosque + KCT 13/04/2019 - 14:00 15 Mostly young people 12-25
Another site visit to Ruthin/Llanbleddin Gardens - progress of organic weed removal and litter pick of areas. 19/05/2019 - 08:00 2 55 – 64 years
2nd meeting of Green Drinks to discuss project, find volunteers - invited to the Share Cardiff start up to show example of community efforts 03/05/2019 - 10:30 6 26 – 34 years
Meeting with Co-Op to further Planting initiaitive - create wish list for resources (i.e. more compost) 11/05/2019 - 11:00 2 26 – 34 years
Meeting with Jack from council (Social Housing) to discuss outreach efforts with planting boxes/community making them. 24/04/2019 - 14:00 3 26 – 34 years
Meeting at Highfields Church to discuss planting project and rquest for volunteers for the summer efforts 07/05/2019 - 16:30 3 26 – 34 years
More discarded soil recovery and sieving the soil to create resource for the 800-1,500 wildflowers pots - mix in with compost donated Co-Op 24/04/2019 - 08:00 2 45 – 54 years
Keep Cathays Tidy litter pick @ Co-Op. Encouraged to put £250-00 bid to pay more wildflowers - discussed with volunteers nearby planting 13/04/2019 - 10:00 12 Mostly families or children under 12
Friends of Cathays Cemetery - discussions opened to add wildflowers to historic site to support their own biodiversity efforts 21/04/2019 - 10:15 12 65 + years
CYCCP induction - opportunity to discuss the planting project on adjacent gardens front and potential community built planting boxes 04/12/2019 - 16:30 25 Mostly young people 12-25
Going slightly off project plan - some small trees have been donated which we potted up and will speak with Woodland Trust and Council about 04/11/2019 - 09:00 2 35 – 44 years
Installed first two water butts in young families gardens - which our volunteers have permission to access (hope to put 6-8 water butts in) 04/12/2019 - 17:00 8 Mostly families or children under 12
Attended Grow Wild 'Planting Training' which incredibly useful on the soil knowledge front and what our project must consider to ensure grow 04/11/2019 - 10:00 12 Mostly adults 25+
Wood recovered from industrial builders sites, soil recovered from skips and sieved to go in next wave of wildflower pots 04/09/2019 - 07:00 2 35 – 44 years
Cardiff Transition - engaged on project who will publicise more widely and encourage others to undertake similar projects 04/09/2019 - 18:00 8 Mostly adults 25+
The first mass order of 600-750 indigenous wilflowers arrived - these have been upgraded to the 800 (Re-used plastic) pots 04/09/2019 - 10:00 7 35 – 44 years
Friends of Bute Park - discussions and donated the first wave of Foxgloves, Betony etc. to be added to Blackweir Wildlife area 04/06/2019 - 10:00 12 55 – 64 years
Later in the day at 'Cardiff Green Drinks' the planting proposals shared with many ideas fedback on the initiatives to be. 05/06/2019 - 10:00 23 26 – 34 years
Meeting at Catherine Street with council staff and tenants to discuss planting boxes - planting proposal and finding 'watering families'. 04/05/2019 - 13:30 5 55 – 64 years