A fascia shop sign, 40 wine bottles and numerous takeaway cartons were just some of the many items collected this weekend during a three mile litter pick through the Ceiriog Valley.
On Saturday 18th March, sixteen volunteers from the Caru’n Pentrefi / Love Our Villages Group conducted their first village tidy action day of the year in the Ceiriog Valley.
The group, which formed two years ago to maintain and enhance the villages of Pontfadog, Dolywern and Castle Mill, were helped on the day by Shane Hughes from Keep Wales Tidy.
Throughout Saturday the volunteer pickers cleared roadside hedges and verges the length of the B4500 from just outside Pontfadog all the way through to Dolywern and the neighbouring hamlet of Llwynmawr.
A total of 15 special Keep Wales Tidy refuse bags were filled and a further 40 discarded empty wine bottles and various other drinks cans were collected and taken to the recycling depot in Oswestry – along with a dumped plastic shop fascia board and a section of corrugated roofing.
Caru’n Pentrefi Vice Chair, Ralph Bennett from Dolywern, said: “As usual, there were plenty of McDonalds takeaway cartons collected from the roadside. I’d like to say a big thank you to the 16 people who turned out for our first action day of 2017. The job definitely needed doing.
“It was good to have Shane Hughes with us from Keep Wales Tidy, who brought plenty of pickers, hoops and sacks. He is always a great support.
He added: “We are grateful too, to Gary Crossley from Pontfadog for his efforts in building us a special trailer, the new tyres of which were kindly provided at reduced cost by Ceiriog Valley Service Station in Pontfadog. The trailer’s signwriting was donated by Slick Stickers in Rhos. It will make life a lot easier storing, delivering and collecting our equipment around the villages in future.”
Caru’n Pentrefi volunteers will now meet on the third Saturday of each month for village tidy activities.
Anyone interested in learning more about the group and its projects can visit its Facebook page.