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Survey seeks views on popular Rhiwbina park

A long-established Rhiwbina park is the focus of a new survey to assess opinions about proposed changes.

Parc y Pentre is a popular park, but is said to lack biodiversity value.

With the natural environment in decline, wildlife decreasing, and species at risk of extinction, biodiversity is seen as essential for our economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing.

So, proposals for the park include a wildflower area to provide a better habitat for invertebrates, birds and small mammals.

The meadow area would be created in one third of the park, with paths to allow people to walk through and around the meadow.

The other two sections of the park would be mown, keeping areas for dog walkers, picnics, and for children to play in a natural play area.

Addresses in the area have been receiving flyers with a link to the survey, which closes on 21 April.

Parc y Pentre was established by the former Cardiff Rural District Council and Rhiwbina Garden Village Ltd and opened on 27 April 1960.

The layout was reviewed in 1961 when trees and roses were donated by residents of the Garden Village. The following year, a playground consisting of a rocking horse and merry go round was installed, and later replaced by a more modern play equipment.

April 2010 saw a shrub planted to mark the 50th anniversary of Parc y Pentre. A cytisus battandieri (pineapple broom) was donated by the Rhiwbina Garden Village Residents Association, who also organised the planting ceremony.

In recent years, the park has hosted several community events, including the Rhiwbina Summer Festival, since 2017.

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