St. Mellons Saints, who are assisted by St. Mellons & Trowbridge Communities First identified the skate park behind the Community and Education Center in St. Mellons as a site for an environmental project. Here, bottles are often smashed and litter collects which makes the area unsafe and unsightly.
Skillfully, the Saints delegated this action to the after school Arts and Craft Club who meet in the aforementioned centre. Enthusiastically, this youth club picked up the mantle and lapped up this responsibility to help look after their community’s communal area. Keep Wales Tidy were asked to come in and assist in this tidy up. Eight brand new brushes were assembled by the children (aged 8-12) and they set to the whole skate park. Moreover, the nearby area was also subjected to a mini-litterpick. The children swept up all the broken glass safely disposing it into glass bags, never using their fingers, but sweeping it onto a shovel. The children then suggested that we do another litter pick very soon concentrating on the adjacent stream which was described as “stinking”.
Several parents watched us at work and were very impressed. Following the clean up a couple of spokespersons from the group prepared written statements on the event (direct quotes):
Chloe B said, “It could make the world safer Because therr will be no more glass or rubbish and it will be safer for anmails in the wild”.
Chloe D added, “I will make the world better when people would stop throwing rubbish on the floor and drunk people would stop throwing glass on the floor. so it wont hurt people”.
Chris Partridge from Keep Wales Tidy reinforced this by adding “We hope that the sight of children taking a stand and active interest in the quality of the environment around them would help to convince others that dropping litter is wrong and isn’t wanted or needed in St. Mellons, or anywhere else for that matter”. Further litter picks will be organised and advertised in the Community and Education Centre and here on this blog on http://cardiffkeepwalestidy.blogspot.com
About Keep Wales Tidy's Tidy Towns' work in Cardiff
Hi, my name is Chris Partridge and I am Keep Wales Tidy's Tidy Towns Project Officer for Cardiff. Activities we undertake are often in partnership with Cardiff Council's Parks Department (both waste services and Community Park Rangers) and Street Cleansing. We have organised events for several businesses across Cardiff and is happy to accommodate future requests. For more information you can contact Chris on 07717 412 270 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow me on Twitter for upcoming events @CardiffKWT