What CRG’s Done Since Storm Dennis (So Far!)

Just over two weeks ago, Storm Dennis hit South Wales and turned the Taff into a raging torrent, washing tonnes of rubbish and debris onto parks and fields along its banks, and down into the bay.

CRG’s volunteers have responded just as wonderfully you might expect!

First was an event at Blackweir, Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park on Sunday 23rd February, when an amazing 132 people turned out, including numerous family groups. Together, they collected hundreds of bags of waste from the field, woods and banks of the Taff.

 

The riverbanks were absolutely covered in single-use plastics (eg, wet wipes, sanitary products), as well as lots of much-larger items, such as bins, cones, pallets and tyres, many of which were lodged above head height in the trees!

It was a really fabulous event, which showed the great community spirit of the people of Cardiff.

More photos of this event on Flickr.

Thanks to Whitchurch Builders Supplies for donating rubble sacks,  Keep Wales Tidy for lending extra equipment and Cardiff Council for collecting the rubbish.

Then, on Wednesday 26th February, over 25 volunteers descended on Hamadryad Park to make a start on clearing up the rubbish that ended up in the bay.

 

Despite the fact that over 80 bags of rubbish were collected in just two hours, it actually wasn’t as bad as we had feared it would be.

Unfortunately, that’s not the good news it might seem, as it means most of the rubbish has ended up around the edges of the bay — eg, at Mermaid Quay and Dr Who Beach.

Our next event is this Wednesday, 4th March, at Trenchard Drive Llanishen.

And we’ll be holding more events to Clean-Up Cardiff after Storm Dennis in the coming weeks and months (yes, sadly, it’s going to take that long), so keep an eye on the Upcoming Events page on our website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Thanks again to everyone who’s turned out so far!

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