Sophia, So Good!

On Sunday 21st September, in the glorious sunshine, 28 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group took part in Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Tidy Wales Week’ as they cleaned the River Taff and area surrounding Sophia Gardens.

The happy team were joined by 3 local PCSO’s (Bernie, Matt and Adam) and Iona Gordon, local councillor on their busy event.

Together they collected  21 bags of rubbish, 4 trolleys, 1 motorbike, 4 bikes, 1 lorry tyre, plastic road barriers, and a surf board! They also, separated out 15 bags of recyclable waste (carelessly discarded cans and bottles) and took them Bessemer Road for recycling.

As a goodwill gesture, a relatively clean and dry duvet found by Dan, was recycled and given to a homeless chap who was sleeping rough under an evergreen tree alongside Sport Wales.

Councillor Iona Gordon, Riverside Ward said, “Thank you Cardiff Rivers Group for getting the Riverside banks so much cleaner. It was hard work but fun joining in. To see the river bank and verges next to the Taff Trail so clear of litter and trash cans really made my day. What a great crowd of volunteers – let me know about the next clear up.”

All volunteers enjoyed a well-deserved drink after the event!

The event saw a nominee for next years’ TAFFTA awards as new recruit Ian Holgate, turned up on Saturday for the event making him the earliest attender ever J. Well done Ian.

More photos of the event can be seen on our Flickr page.

Waste was collected by Cardiff Council Parks Services.  Cardiff Rivers Group are supported by Keep Wales Tidy and work as part of the Tidy Towns initiative, funded by Welsh Government. They always welcome new volunteers, so please contact Nigel Barry if you would like to take part. For more information please visit or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

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