Newsflash! We made the papers – “A tractor tyre, paddling pools and front doors – just some of the rubbish found during a city litter pick” – Wales Online, 22 February 2016.
On Saturday (20 February) 18 intrepid volunteers braved increasingly heavy rain to tackle the toughest job CRG has yet undertaken — the streams that feed Roath Park, which run either side of Trenchard Drive.
It’s easy to understand why no one else had tackled it for a very long time. The majority of the rubbish had been discarded down a very steep bank between the footpath and one of the streams.
And by “rubbish” we don’t just mean the usual load of drinks cans, crisp packets and bottles. That would have been too easy!
This week’s haul included a huge projection TV, fridge-freezers (plural), several tyres (including a one from something like a tractor), old doors, a table-tennis table, four shopping trolleys, a couple of paddling pools, and some bikes.
We were very pleased to be helped by PC Paul Archer (Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Llanishen) and PCSO Sophie Lyons, who both put a full shift in and didn’t mind getting wet or dirty.
And our VIP for the day was local councillor Phil Bale, who got really stuck in! We hope he enjoyed the experience — anyone that takes selfies with rubbish is ok with us!
We estimate that we filled about 6 truck-loads of assorted rubbish — easily our largest haul to date, and with only 18 people, too.
There are more photos of the event on Flickr.
Many thanks to everyone who came along and made a real difference!