Group photo of CRG and FF volunteers

Event 149: Radyr Weir (9 July 2017)

34 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group and Friends of Forest Farm had a very successful day on Sunday, clearing rubbish from the River Taff and tackling Himalayan balsam along the river bank.

The day started well when CRG were presented with a cheque for £2,995 by Mark from Viridor to help buy new equipment (thanks!).

Mark from Viridor presenting CRG's Dave King with a cheque
A couple of volunteers were not so lucky when they disturbed a wasp’s nest and had to cool their stings in the river itself!

Cooling off a wasp sting in the Taff

Together the team removed 37 bags of waste, 4 traffic cones, 3 tyres, 2 shopping trolleys, 1 tree, a road barrier (with resident eel), various toys and a lot of miscellaneous metal from the river.  We even found a new mascot…

Dinosaur toy

… Radyr Rex?  Taffysaurus?

They also cleared lots of Balsam to allow native vegetation to return to the area.

Balsam before and after

Thanks to Cardiff Council Rangers, Parks Services and local PCSO’s for coming along to lend a hand and dispose of rubbish.

A great partnership effort!

 

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