Every fortnight, the Cardiff Rivers Group trade in their own free time to spend hours on end plucking out shopping trolleys, car parts and the obligatory Coke can in an attempt to help the environment.
Yesterday the group turned their attention to the stretch of river running behind Radyr train station and, joined by a handful of new faces, rid the area of mountains of rubbish.
Ceri Hughes, a group member of more than two years, said despite the regular early starts, the river clean-ups provided plenty of motivation to the group’s many volunteers.
Following yesterday’s event, he said: “We get loads of people turning up. This morning there were about 20 of us, but we regularly get anything between 18 and 30 people keen to help out.
“We meet every two weeks and we get stuck in in all weathers and all seasons.
“We are just a group of people who want to see Wales kept tidy, and we decided to do something about it.
“The water might be cold and a bit dirty, but it’s like any other sort of volunteering or community-based work, not only do the community get something out of it, but the volunteers do too and you really feel like you’ve done something good.”
Ceri argues that for some of the group’s more able members, doing their bit to save the planet also saves them costly gym memberships.
“Believe it or not, the clean-ups are also a great workout. You’re lifting heavy bits of metal in waders and in knee-deep water, so it can be quite physically demanding and great exercise.”
He said the group would now be turning its attentions to a river clean-up in Cardiff Bay on April 28, to coincide with the opening of the Wales Coastal Path in May.
Anyone wishing to get involved should visit the group’s website at cardiffriversgroup.blogspot.co.uk or contact Louise Tambini on 07824 504 790.
All equipment and insurance will be provided.