Cardiff Rivers Group took advantage of the glorious weather on Sunday as they embarked upon an adventure to the County of Caerphilly!
14 volunteers took a day-trip up the valleys to Sirhowy Country Park where they set about cleaning the River Sirhowy. More photos of the event can be seen on our Flickr page.
Sweating in their rubber waders they eagerly got into the river and trawled it for rubbish. Although it looked pristine from the riverbank, the expert crew spotted lots of hidden rubbish under the surface. In 3 hours they removed 24 bags, 2 trollies, 2 carpets, road signs, gas bottles, lots of metal and plastic piping from this beautiful stretch of river. During the day they were passed by countless people who were out enjoying the country walks and spoke to many people who were interested in joining in similar events.
Secretary, Nigel Barry said,” ”Stepping outside Cardiff made a welcome change for the group. We managed to clean-up around a kilometre stretch of the river. It was obvious from the haul, that it hadn’t been done for a while. We definitely improved the area and we will be going back to do even more.!”
Following the clean-up, the volunteers relaxed and enjoyed a BBQ on the riverbank. All waste was collected by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Cardiff Rivers Group are supported by Keep Wales Tidy and work as part of the Tidy Towns initiative, funded by Welsh Government.
The group are holding their AGM and inaugural TAFFTA’s award ceremony this Friday 25th July in the Victoria Park pub at 7.30pm. All welcome!