On a sunny, spring, St David’s day, the Cardiff Rivers Group returned to Pentwyn lake and surrounding area for aclean-up at the request of Cardiff Parks Services who had received several complaints that this local beauty spot was in need of attention.
22 volunteers, including four from Llanederyn Police station grafted for over 2 hours removing rubbish and a whole host of items from the Pentwyn lake area and clearing a severely dammed area by the skate park.
As well as collecting 36 bags of rubbish, the haul included 5 trolleys, 2 traffic cones, a wendy house roof, a playground sit-on duck, car/motorbike/cycle tyres, road signs, a car battery, a scooter, a kiddies cycle, a bench, a school chair, a wooden cabinet and a number of carpets.
Treasure was found in the stream at the bottom of Hollybush Road in the shape of a silver ornament which has been taken to the Police station, hopefully to be re-united with its owner.
PC Rhys Cadwallader commented
“We had a very enjoyable time contributing to the project as we frequently patrol the area and it was very rewarding being able to assist with the clean up as witnessing the amount of rubbish in the area on a day to day basis can be disheartening.
“From the moment we got into the lake to clean it up, we were astonished by the amount of children and adults who started to show an interest in what we were doing. The Lake and the surrounding parks are a beautiful place for the community to spend their time and it is a shame that people have littered it to such an extent. With the help of the Cardiff Rivers group we all worked together effectively and the lake was cleared within a short time.
“Following the cleaning of the lake we then moved on to the rivers and surrounding wooded areas. The teams removed a great amount of rubbish from these areas. At the end of the day I think everyone who was there including members of the public were absolutely amazed by the 3 truckloads of tyres, trolleys, bikes and so on.
“I feel that everyone who attended today and took part should be proud of themselves as they have bettered the quality of life for the community and not to mention the wildlife!”.
As well as all the volunteers that turned up, the CRG would also like to thank PC Cadwallader, PCSO Dai Coles, Ray Lawson and Jordan Rees from Llanederyn Police station for their contribution to the clean-up operation and a big thank you to Cardiff Parks Services for disposing of the rubbish on the day.
Hopefully, the local residents and community will notice the difference and get more enjoyment from this local beauty spot.
You can see more photos of the event on our Flickr page, here.