Environmental volunteers headed to the East of Cardiff last weekend to help clean up the River Rhymney.
Over 30 people pulled on their boots and mucked in to help the Llanrumney Communities First team for three hours on Sunday for the first clean-up of the river.
They pulled out rubbish including a TV, scooter and scaffolding pipes from the muddy waters.
View photos from the clean-up
Cardiff Rivers Group chairman Gerard Opel, said: “This is the first time that our group has ventured to the River Rhymney and we had a really successful day. This is a lovely stretch of river which unfortunately seems to have been subjected to flytipping, so I am really pleased that local residents have decided to take action and start looking after the area and we were delighted to help out.”
Amy McCarthy, Llanrumney Communities First development worker, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Cardiff Rivers Group and Keep Wales Tidy for taking the time to come into Llanrumney to help clean the river and also for inspiring the young people from the community, who also took part, by showing them what can be achieved by such a hard working and dedicated team.
“The young people in the area often receive such a negative response, so it was brilliant to see them challenging those stereotypes and actively taking part in a project that benefits both their environment and community!”
Chris Partridge from Keep Wales Tidy said: “Residents have shown today that they care about their area and I hope that this inspires more locals to get involved. We would like to replicate the success of Cardiff Rivers Group and set up a dedicated environmental group for Llanrumney who can undertake a wide range of projects. Hopefully today was just the start.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer with Cardiff Rivers Group can contact Louise Tambini on 07824 504790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org