Thirty-one volunteers spent a rather overcast (though thankfully dry) Saturday morning, 24 November, working hard to tidy up Grangemoor Park and the surrounding area.
Half of the volunteers litter-picked the park and neighbouring retail estate — always somewhere in need of attention, given the proximity of fast-food outlets.
The other half endeavoured to save a pond which is gradually being choked by excessive vegetation.
As you can see in the photos below, since just after Grangemoor Park was opened in 2000, the pond has filled-in more than somewhat with reeds and other grasses.
So the volunteers spent 2 hours pulling reeds and bulrushes, and cutting down encroaching scrub, in an attempt to maintain an important habitat. Tiring work!
The pulled-up reeds and cut scrub were left as ‘habitat piles’ — handy for overwintering insects, and creatures that need to hibernate, such as grass-snakes.
All the litter and rubbish collected was removed by Cardiff Council.