October 2009 Clear Up Review


The newly-formed Cardiff Rivers Group cleared rubbish from the banks of the River Taff on Saturday 17th October.
8 volunteers spent 2 hours on the banks of the Taff below Llandaff Weir and collected 2 tonnes of waste from the riverbanks and island; they also found a bike, trolley, several carpets and bags of plastic bottles.
Group Secretary Dave King, said, “I absolutely detest litter and am 100% committed to eradicating it from the environment. Today, 8 volunteers just spent a couple of hours and we managed to collect loads of rubbish. The difference it has made to the appearance of the riverbank is incredible!”
Dave was one of the founder members of Cardiff Rivers Group which was formed earlier this year as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Tidy Towns’ project. All members were interested in volunteering and so decided to form a group of their own. They now have 7 enthusiastic core members who all share the same desire to see the riverside environment of Cardiff litter-free, and assisted by Keep Wales Tidy, they have already undertaken a number of clean-ups of their adopted stretch of the River Taff which runs through the Gabalfa and Pontcanna areas of the City.
Group Member, Louise Tambini said, “Our group consists of cycling enthusiasts, anglers, walkers, local residents and volunteers who have a keen interest in the well-being of the local environment. We meet once a month during the winter months. I live in Canton and regularly walk along the river. It is much more pleasant when it is litter-free. Litter-picking is actually very therapeutic and we get a lovely response from users of the Taff Trail who thank us for our efforts – if only a few more joined in to help!”

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Article : walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news

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