16 volunteers (including 3 new recruits) spent 2 hours on Sat 7th May cleaning up the River Taff by Sophia Gardens. They made the most of the recent dry spell and half the volunteers donned waders to remove rubbish from the riverbed itself. Photos can be viewed here
Together, they collected 21 bags of rubbish, a bike, ½ a beer barrel, scaffold platform, double mattress and various other metal waste from the banks and bed of the Taff. They even managed to sort 4 bags of recyclable materials (cans and plastic bottles) for collection by Cardiff County Council.
Group Member Louise Tambini, said, “What was really heartening today was how clean the area was. It was funny to hear some of the volunteers saying they were disappointed with their haul. After an hour and a half we had finished the entire stretch and volunteers were literally searching for rubbish! We have worked upstream of here many times and we can now really see the positive impact that work has had”.
Cardiff Rivers Group formed in 2009 as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Tidy Towns’ project, a partnership between Keep Wales Tidy and Welsh local authorities. Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government it supports the people of Wales to improve the quality of their local environment.
Cardiff Rivers Group are always looking for new volunteers, so if you would like to lend a hand, please contact Louise Tambini on 07824 504790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next event will take place on Sunday 22nd May