Cardiff Council Update: 05 July 2022

Here is our latest update, covering: a summer of fun for Cardiff's children and young people; temporary change to the registration of births, deaths, and marriages service; and a business partnership that's paying off for an allotment community.


A Summer of Fun for Cardiff's Children and Young People

After the success of last year's Summer of Smiles and the Winter of Wellbeing, a ‘Summer of Fun' festival will take place for the children and young people of Cardiff across the summer holidays. 

Cardiff Council's, Welsh Government funded Summer of Fun programme is offering free and low-cost opportunities and activities for 0 to 25 year-olds across the city from July to September. Our Child Friendly Cardiff Team is coordinating the programme aimed at supporting Cardiff's future generations with their social, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing over the summer.

Summer of Fun is part of Cardiff's Child Friendly Recovery, which began after the pandemic. Child Friendly Cardiff closely aligns with the city's ambition to become an internationally recognised Child Friendly City, as recommended by the UK Committee for UNICEF.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "It's important that we continue our commitment to re-engaging the children and young people of Cardiff with their city whilst putting smiles on their faces and providing new opportunities to relax and have fun with friends and family."

The Summer of Fun will cover three areas:

                     A two-week festival on City Hall Lawn

                     Citywide activities

                     An arts and cultural programme curated by Arts Active


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Temporary service change: Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Cardiff Register Office is currently unable to answer telephone queries due to a high number of staff absences due to Covid-19.

Face-to-face appointments to register births, deaths and marriages are unaffected and the team are still answering queries submitted via the contact from on the Cardiff Register Office website, or via email.

For certificate enquiries please visit:


(Please note the 24-hour priority service is currently not guaranteed)

Copies of certificates can also be obtained directly from the General Register Office, here:

For Citizenship enquiries, please

For enquiries regarding birth or death registrations, please email:

For marriage enquiries, please


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and aim to return to a full service as soon as possible. Please follow our social media pages for further updates.


Business partnership pays off for Cardiff allotment community

A group of allotment holders in a Cardiff suburb have turned a wasteland into a potential oasis thanks to months of hard work... and the generosity of a building supplies company.

Earlier this year, with plots always in demand, the gardeners at Pengam Pavilion allotments in Tremorfa began work to clear more than half-an-acre of overgrown bushes and scrubland at the edge of their site in the hope of creating more usable space.

It was backbreaking work but, led by the committee, they managed to bring the land back into use and then looked around for financial support to complete the job and create 24 ‘perches' ready for new gardeners to take over.

"Once the land was cleared, we invited Cardiff Council to come and look at what we'd done," said Tracey Woodberry, the allotment association's secretary. "They were so impressed that they recommended us for a grant from a fund set up by Travis Perkins."

The company, which works closely with Cardiff Council on building projects, donated around £25,000 worth of materials, equipment and labour to ensure the work was carried out to a high standard.

Three months on, and it is all but complete - a remarkable transformation in such a short time. The 24 perches - small 25m² plots suitable for first-time allotment holders - include four with raised beds that have been adapted for use by gardeners with disabilities. Wheelchair-friendly paths have been constructed around the perches and the association is ready to welcome a wave of new members.

The project has been a real collaboration between the council, the members and Travis Perkins staff, who have thrown themselves into the work as enthusiastically as the allotment holders.

Account manager Martyn Piper said: "From our point of view, we had a brilliant time. We had perfect weather and some great hosts. We had a lot of laughs and it was great to think we helped with such an impressive allotment.

"But one moment stands out for us - we had a team here on site one day and a driver stopped and gave us a box of ice lollies. He said he drove past the allotments every day and had seen the transformation and wanted to reward us for all our hard work."

For the council, the key to the success of the project is the allotment holders' commitment to inclusivity. It can already boast members from around 20 different ethnic communities in Cardiff but now has a number of gardeners with disabilities and has built strong links with local schoolchildren.

Dennis Ramsey, the association chairman, said he and his members had played host to youngsters from Tremorfa Infants School who had learned about the importance of growing their own vegetables - and had planted their own crop of pumpkins at the site, ready for Halloween.

Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Events, Cllr Jennifer Burke-Davies believed the new plots would be a huge benefit for the local community. "Smaller plots like the ones created here are much more manageable and should encourage a whole new generation of allotment users," she said.

"It also fits in well with the council's new allotment strategy which seeks to improve access for disadvantaged groups and reduce the waiting lists."

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