On Sunday 11th January, Cardiff Rivers Group completed their 99th event on the River Rhymney at Bedwas. More event photographs can be seen on our Flickr page, here.
18 volunteers took a day trip north of their usual Cardiff locations and braved the cold weather to make a difference to a stretch along National Cycle Network Route 4 in the county of Caerphilly. This was a new location for the group and was attended by a few new faces, including 3 passers-by from the ‘Bedwas massive’ who stopped to lend a hand as the group cleaned up this busy pathway. The new Keep Wales Tidy officer for Caerphilly, Andy King, also got stuck in and was made the most of the opportunity to chat to the locals. The 3 new recruits have all volunteered to get involved in future Caerphilly events which is fantastic news.
The event was a great success, and together the team patrolled the banks collecting 50 bags of rubbish, 2 bikes, 2 trollies, a suitcase (full of clothes) and window frame. There seemed to be an awful lot of discarded clothing in the undergrowth too.
As the river was running fast due to the recent downpours, entering the water was deemed too dangerous for most, except a for a small crack team who worked under the bridge near the Fisherman’s rest pub. They removed several large objects including a shopping trolley, bike, patio chair, another suitcase and a fireplace. Other trolleys in the water had to be left as they were too deeply buried in the river bed. All rubbish will be disposed of by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Duval Ferdinand Chair of the CRG said that “It’s encouraging to see so many people out in the winter, it shows how much our volunteers care about our environment. It’s also great to be able to come to a different county to lend a hand. If our efforts lead to more people getting involved with Keep Wales Tidy and looking after their own local area, then that would be a great result ”
The next event promises to be a huge milestone for Cardiff Rivers Group as it’s their milestone 100th event! It will take place at the Doctor Who centre in Cardiff Bayat 10am on 31st of Jan and may even feature on TV!….get the date in your diary now!
Cardiff Rivers Group always welcome new volunteers, so if you would like to get involved just get in touch.