Over two Friday mornings, the Cardiff Friday Mornings Environmental Project managed to clear up an amazing haul from this small borderland greenspace.
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This included 59 bags of rubbish of which there was 12 recycling and 3 glass bags, and over 4 tonnes of other fly tipping of which most of this was a flytipped garden renovation project including bricks, soil, plants, paving slabs, cable, glass and other bits of concrete. It was a terrible sight in several areas before we started, but looked magnificent after we left. On both occassions, this was removed by Cardiff Council's Parks Waste Services.
Rubble site before:
Rubble site after:
Other items included 7 tyres, 1 bike, carpets, kitchen tiles, glass mirrors, toilet, kitchen furniture, cupboards, deep fat fryer, a beer pump, a cistern, picture frame, a firedoor, a chair, a traffic cone, watering can, scaffolding pole, golf bag, a school bag, 2 wallets, insides of a freezer, a childrens trike, plastic piping, bits of a shed, old decking, a mattress, rocking horse, car battery, garden waste including grass clippings and conifer cuttings, a wardrobe, a box of needles and 2 ubiquitous TESCO trolleys.
Den-like jumble sale clothes mess before:
Den-like jumble sale clothes mess after:
One local resident mentioned that he used to catch tadpoles in the stream as a youngster and that the area was prone to flooding. Looking at the stream, this wasn’t surprising as we couldn’t find the drains or pipes as they must be under silt, soil or rubbish. So hopefully we will do a little digging and see what we can find.
Cardiff Friday Mornings Environmental Project Volunteer and Litter Champion Dave King said “It was great to see so many people out on Friday Mornings helping to clear out such a litter hotspot. Its a shame really because it is a such a nice spot. Hopefully, our work here can help to regain local pride in the site and increase ownership for the right reasons”.
Later in the year and in partnership with the Parks Department we will be cutting back the vegetation to reopen the paths and along the stream to try and return the area to past glories.
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