Chris Hackett looking through a lorry tyre

Event 146: Trenchard Drive (7 May 2017)

30 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group took a trip to Llanishen today to tackle the awful fly-tipping in the stream running through the woodland that surrounds the estate.

Volunteers spent 2 hours clambering up and down the banks to retrieve 50 bags of rubbish and approximately 4 tonnes of larger items.

Some of the rubbish colllected at Trenchard Drive.
Just some of the rubbish colllected.

They collected lorry tyres, carpets, car wheels, supermarket trolleys, a huge amount of treated and laminated wood (eg, fencing, cupboards), bathroom suites, pipes, vacuum cleaners, bags of clothing, lots of general bags of household rubbish and a mountain of discarded furniture.

Volunteers hauling rubbish out of the stream
Hauling rubbish out of the stream takes teamwork!

More photos of the event can be seen on the CRG Flickr pages.

Group committee member, Louise Tambini said,

I simply don’t understand why some residents don’t dispose of their waste correctly! The woodland is a wonderful habitat that is unfortunately being blighted by illegal tipping. Such a shame people don’t value their local environment and ruin it for everyone else.

It was lovely to speak to locals who were very grateful for our efforts. One lady offered us drinks and use of her facilities, another was an avid bird watcher and explained how she enjoyed watching the wildlife use the woods.

We also met a lady who litter-picks the estate and will now sign up as a Keep Wales Tidy Litter Champion – they are setting an excellent example. I just wish other residents followed their lead so we wouldn’t have this problem”.

Cardiff Council Parks Services will collect and dispose of the waste.

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