On a cold, crisp and even December morning, a team of 20 hard-working elves (under the strict direction of Santa of course!) from Cardiff Rivers Group busily tidied and managed the habitat along the Dock feeder behind Cardiff Castle. The elves brought some Christmas cheer to passers-by, runners, cyclists alike who wanted to share their moment with the busy elves who happily posed for photos and (s)elfies. More photos of the event can be seen on our Flickr Page.
As well as a general litter pick of Bute Park on 13 December, the main focus was on cutting back vegetation that had self-seeded along the banks of the feeder near the castle walls. The council had requested the help of CRG to remove trees before they begin to flourish and so undermine the historic castle walls.
The elves busily sorted the vegetation prior to removal by Cardiff Parks Services. They ensured that cut-down vegetation was put to good use by preparing a large number of stakes for a hedge-laying project that will take place n Pontcanna allotments. Cardiff Parks Services supplied a vehicle and made numerous trips back to Wedal Road with the remainder of the vegetation for chipping, ensuring that no mess was left behind on this important Cardiff icon.
The Elves were rewarded for their efforts with CRG-branded mince pies which were kindly baked by Committee member, Sarah Owen.
Sarah commented, “I thought it would be great to reward the elves after all their hard work. This is such a great group of people and I wanted to do something nice for the volunteers who have given up their Saturday for the benefit of the environment. It’s always good to see everyone for clean ups and socials alike! I’m really looking forward to our 99th event in the New Year”
Cardiff Rivers Group would like to thank the press, its partners and, of course, all the volunteers who have sacrificed their spare time for our cause and for the benefit of the environment, throughout the year, come rain or shine.