Cardiff’s Bute Park Restoration Project has made it into the final of The National Lottery Awards 2012.
The project is one of three schemes from across the UK to make it into the final of the Best Heritage Project category after a public vote.
The scheme will now go up against The Curzon Community Cinema in Somerset and Durlston Castle in Dorset at an awards ceremony later on this year. The winning project will get a prize of £2,000.
Lottery funding for the Bute Park Restoration Project has helped restore its iconic Animal Wall, build a new summerhouse cafe and education centre, and turned the old park keeper’s lodge into Pettigrew tea rooms, a gift shop and art gallery.
Pathways have been improved, more benches, bins and signs bought, and the project has also helped increase community involvement through park litter champions, volunteers working to clear away invasive species, and clearing litter from the park’s waterways.
Bute Park’s new facilities also provide training for horticultural staff and apprentices, educational visits, as well as visitor guides and information.
Cardiff’s cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, Councillor Huw Thomas, said: “Having the Bute Park Restoration Project reach the finals of this national award is outstanding and I am grateful for all the support and votes received so far.
“To go on to win would be fantastic and would be fitting recognition of the hard work, passion and dedication that has been invested in what is one of Cardiff’s best loved features.”
Dr Julia Sas from Bute Park Restoration project added that they were “thrilled” to have made it through to the final.
She said: “The positive reaction to the competition is a testament to all those who work on delivering our project.
“National Lottery funding has made a huge difference, from restoring iconic features like the Animal Wall, to providing information on the park’s rich history, putting in new visitor facilities and developing a programme of public outreach activities and events.
“We now look forward to the next round and the opportunity to tell people more about our work.”
Two other Cardiff projects who had made it through to the semi-finals of the competition – Show Racism the Red Card and Tenovus Cancer Support – did not make it to the final round of the best health project category and best education project category respectively.
The final winners will be decided by another round of public voting in September.
For more information, visit The National Lottery Awards website.