at Llandaf Fields, Cardiff, CF11 9NW United Kingdom
Llandaf Fields People’s Hub has been launched in response to a development threat to this area of much-loved and well-used parkland.
Action to protect Llandaf Fields Llandaf Fields People’s Hub has been launched in response to a development threat to this area of much-loved and well-used parkland. A plan to build a large sports facility has met with a huge amount of opposition from park users. Llandaf Fields People’s Hub aims to protect the fields, maintaining sporting activities such as rugby, bowls and tennis, and replacing the changing rooms with a low impact, single storey, sedum roofed structure that is sympathetic to its surroundings within a listed, historic park. Plans are also afoot to help wildlife, with further tree planting proposed around the the beautiful copse adjacent to the changing rooms, and the creation of a wildflower meadow to help bees – a species in serious decline. The Hub’s slogan is Parks for All, Parciau i Bawb, and charities associated with the Hub, such as homeless people’s service provider, The Wallich, Communities First and Age Cymru, as well as other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, will be encouraged enjoy the parkland, and activities such as tennis and bowling. “We aim to promote recreational use of the park for all ages and abilities, while protecting the fields from development and privatisation. The Church Commissioners gave the park to the people of Cardiff for sport and recreation, not for development and individual gain,” said Councillor Iona Gordon, trustee of the Hub. “In the last 40 years we have already lost more than a third of our central parkland to creeping development, much of which has taken place in recent years, and it has to stop. Llandaf Fields must be protected for the health and wellbeing of the people, and for the benefit of generations to come. Green space cannot be plundered on our watch.” Further information Iona Gordon 02920 341 768
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Defend nature Friends of the Earth Defend Nature This Wednesday the laws that protect our most amazing wild places and wildlife could be wrecked. But the UK Commissioner, Sir Julian King, could still help save the laws. We all need to tell him to defend nature this week. Save the nature laws (Please click the link below to register your support) https://act.foe.co.uk/act/thanks-helping-defend-our-nature-laws?utm_campaign=73b152a5af-LM1612004&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Friends%20of%20the%20Earth%20Communications&utm_term=0_383af65c6b-73b152a5af-21430829 European Commissioners - including Sir Julian - will meet on Wednesday to decide whether to keep or weaken the laws that protect some of our most treasured sites and species. This is a huge decision that will affect nature across the UK and the rest of Europe. Last year hundreds of thousands of you helped secure support for the laws from many UK and EU politicians. But now we need Sir Julian to be on the side of nature too. We need a final push to make sure the laws are not weakened. Instead they must be enforced properly everywhere. Tell Sir Julian to save the nature laws (click the link below) https://act.foe.co.uk/act/thanks-helping-defend-our-nature-laws?utm_campaign=73b152a5af-LM1612004&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Friends%20of%20the%20Earth%20Communications&utm_term=0_383af65c6b-73b152a5af-21430829 The laws help to protect our much loved puffins, fascinating bats and have been responsible for bringing back the bittern to Britain. While we're still in the EU these species need the protection the laws offer. And because they could be adopted by post-Brexit Britain too, saving the laws this week could protect the natural world for decades to come. Our voices really do make a difference. Please join me in making sure that our precious nature sites are protected. Thanks for defending nature.
Canopy crisis facing Cardiff Keith Sacre, international tree expert and chair of the Arboricultural Association, says that Cardiff will face a canopy crisis unless more young trees are planted as a matter of urgency. Addressing Cardiff Civic Society’s Canopi Caerdydd/Canopy Cardiff launch at The Gate Arts Centre, he said that there was little evidence of succession planting in the city. “While exploring the city I saw very many mature trees, which is great, but most of these are about two thirds through their natural lifespan, unless a concerted planting project takes place very soon, the city’s green heart will take a hit in the not so distant future.” Cambridge- based Sacre went on to say that there is no quick fix for replacing mature trees, one large tree provides enough oxygen for four people, and even a semi mature tree will take years to reach the same level aesthetically and from the point of view of improving air quality. “Succession planting needs to be an ongoing process simply to maintain current canopy levels and health benefits,” he says. Canopi Caerdydd/Canopy Cardiff, the Civic Society’s latest initiative aims to increase tree cover in the city. “In the last few years Cardiff has lost 34 hectares of trees and many areas of the city, such as Cardiff Bay have below UK average tree cover ,“ says society chairwoman, Nerys Lloyd-Pierce. “We will work alongside the local authority, organisations and businesses to plant scores of new trees over the next few years. The importance of trees cannot be under estimated. For instance, research from Exeter University illustrates that people living close to urban green space are less likely to suffer from stress, anxiety and depression; while in 1984, Roger Ulrich concluded that hospital patients with a view of green space recovered more quickly. Research in Toronto indicates that people living on tree lined streets enjoyed health benefits that equate to their being seven years younger. This growing body of evidence relating to the health and well-being benefits of trees indicates strongly that there is an economic case for tree planting.” Further information Nerys Lloyd-Pierce 02920 343 121/07701 007 128
Will the Big Picnic be on again this year?
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Protect Llandaf Fields Find out the latest about proposals for Llandaf Fields at Llandaff Fields Hub’s AGM. The council is planning to issue an expression of interest for an operator to run the fields. Please join us at Llandaff Rugby Club, Monday, April 25, 7pm.
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Family fun at Llandaf Fields People’s Hub ‘Big Picnic’ http://wp.me/p44JgI-S
Request for volunteers: The Big Picnic is coming to Llandaf Fields on August 31, and we need volunteers to help out from 12-4 – or any slot during that time, even if just an hour or so. If you'd like to help out, please get in touch with Sian via email: email@example.com Thanks, and see you there!
Announcing Llandaf Fields People's Hub's Big Picnic, 2014: Back by popular demand on Sunday, 31st August, 2014. Watch this space for more details!
What a mob! Nice hair Jeanne. x
I have a cine from 1950's of Llandaff, (with 2 'f' please) fields, from my childhood. Not been converted to digital, pre the studio behind the tennis courts and swings. An old tin building there
Fighting for Llandaf Fields Llandaf Fields People’s Hub, the organisation committed to saving Llandaf Fields from inappropriate development has held its first AGM – forming a formal committee to fight for this green oasis in central Cardiff. The threat of an overkill development still looms, and with it the prospect of a large, unsympathetic building with a licence for events, floodlights, 3G pitch etc. The Hub understand the need for new changing rooms as the existing building is no longer fit for purpose. This is why the Hub commissioned sustainable architect, Alan Gillard, to come up with plans to refurbish and slightly extend the existing bowls pavilion to provide a small, single storey, multi-functional space to fulfill sporting/community needs, but without encroaching on green space. The existing changing rooms, which the council claims are beyond refurbishment, would be demolished, opening up the vista, framed by the charming little copse, to the fields and trees beyond. The Hub would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help out with fund-raising/sponsorship, and is delighted to welcome new members. Please have a look at www.parcpawb.co.uk – our strapline is Parc Pawb, People’s Park, as we firmly believe that public green space is there for the benefit of ALL, and should not be semi-privatised to serve the needs of just a few. Llandaf Fields is irreplaceable and we need to fight for it Once green space is gone, it’s gone forever, and we cannot allow that to happen on our watch
Dear Members and Supporters, Just a quick reminder that the Launch and First Annual General Meeting… http://wp.me/s44JgI-39
Dear Members and Supporters, Just a quick reminder that the Launch and First Annual General Meeting of the Llandaf Fields Peoples’ Hub is this Tuesday April 15 @ 7 pm at Llandaff Rugby Club, Western Avenue. If you come by car there is car parking behind the club, use the Cardiff Met [UWIC] entrance. The entrance to the Club is also at the back of the building. Programme: Welcome – Keith Voyce The Background and Current Proposals – Nerys Lloyd Pierce A success story – saving the Riding School – Michele Wood AGM Chair’s report and Treasurer’s report Adoption of new consititution [To be emailed to you on Monday morning] Election of Committee officers and members Announcement about our next event A led walk : Llandaf Fields Past and Present and Future : Friday May 9 @ 6pm Iona Gordon, Honorary Secretary Llandaf Fields Peoples' Hub Steeering Group
Success for the riding school... Now let’s save Llandaf Fields too!
Tell Cardiff Parks people to stop driving their vehicles on paths when they churn up the grass. I hope the business plan will dispense with so many fume-emitting trucks for collecting litter and transporting a few tools; instead make use of cycle-trailers. It should also cease building road-like overwide asphalt paths.
Representatives from the Peoples’ Hub met with senior Council officers on January 23 to present our business plan to them. To persuade them we have a good case we have sought professional advice which does not come free. We need to raise over £1,000 immediately and hope you will be generous enough to help the ‘Hub’ meet this target. We are suggesting a donation of £10 [or more if you wish]. When we set up a membership system this amount will cover your annual membership fee. The easiest way is to click on the link below which will enable you to put your donation into the ‘Hub’ bank account by ‘pay pal’. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XW2GQHV5WNA26
Some photos from the Picnic in the Park event earlier this year.