Brilliant first clean up of the Rumney in who knows how long. This was a joint event between Llanrumney Communities First, Keep Wales Tidy and Cardiff Rivers Group. It was a great turn out for the Rivers Group, joined by a local Llanrumney family and a group of 8 young Llanrumney teenagers also joined in. We collected a massive amount of waste from the river, but spent more than a little time on a massive gate post stuck in concrete. Difficult challenge even for a tirfor winch and about 12 boys.
C1st even provided some post match fodder with pizza and pop, nice one Amy.
Slideshow of event.
Cardiff Rivers Group Chairman Gerard Opel, said, “This is the first time that our group has ventured to the River Rhymney and we had a really successful day. This is a lovely stretch of river which unfortunately seems to have been subjected to flytipping, so I am really pleased that local residents have decided to take action and start looking after the area and we were delighted to help out”.
Amy McCarthy, Llanrumney Communities First Development Worker said, “I would like to say a big thank you to Cardiff Rivers Group and Keep Wales Tidy for taking the time to come into Llanrumney to help clean the river and also for inspiring the young people from the community, who also took part, by showing them what can be achieved by such a hard working and dedicated team. The young people in the area often receive such a negative response, so it was brilliant to see them challenging those stereotypes and actively taking part in a project that benefits both their environment and community!”
Chris Partridge from Keep Wales Tidy said, ”Residents have shown today that they care about their area and I hope that this inspires more locals to get involved. We would like to replicate the success of Cardiff Rivers Group and set up a dedicated environmental group for Llanrumney who can undertake a wide range of projects. Hopefully today was just the start”.
The waste from the event was again taken away by Cardiff County Council's Parks Waste Services Team.
I'm sure we'll be back over here to help clear up the river again, but in the meantime C1st and KWT are setting up a Llanrumney Environmental group and this week we'll be meeting at 12pm on Thursday (9th June) at the John Reynolds Centre for a litterpick walkabout/discussion. Feel free to pop along. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy McCarthy on email@example.com or 029 2079 3660 for more info.
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