Neglected “Princess Diana” park will be restored into green space

20 January 2017

A park in Ely opened by Princess Diana in the 1990s is being restored by a local community group.

The Princess Diana park on Hiles Road was forced to close 10 years ago because of problems with anti-social behaviour.

Princess Diana park Ely

Remains of the Princess Diana commemorative stone

The plot is owned by the City of Cardiff Council but community group Action in Caerau and Ely has got a licence to occupy the land and restore it into a green space to grow produce for people living in the area.

Carey Davies, from Action in Caerau and Ely says “The idea was born from neighbours who wanted to try and reuse the park from the memories they had as kids growing up.

“There is a lot of work to do but there is a lot of interest from the community.”

Carey Davies Princess Diana Park

Carey Davies from Action in Caerau and Ely

Mr Davies says the restoration of the Princess Diana park can be a model for other projects and they plan to take over other plots of land to bring them back into use.

“I can show you a map of a dozen spaces in Ely and Caerau alone that have just been stuck behind houses and forgotten about.”

Action in Caerau and Ely have secured some funding from the charity Buglife who are interested in the park’s wildlife. But Mr Davies says they are still looking for more financial support.

Mr Davies says he approached the council to help clear the site.

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