Clear-up of river finds tyres, cones and trol­leys!

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - JES­SICA WAL­FORD jes­sica.wal­ford@waleson­

A GROUP of vol­un­teers had a bit of a shock when they cleaned up a river in South Wales – and found hun­dreds of items of rub­bish.

More than 50 vol­un­teers from the Cardiff Rivers Group helped clean the River Og­more on Satur­day.

But as the wa­ter level dropped, they were left stunned with what they found.

The team man­aged to col­lect 200 tyres, five trol­leys, traf­fic cones, a road bar­rier, wheel­bar­row, a large gas can­is­ter and 50 bags of smaller lit­ter full of smaller pieces of plas­tic, such as cot­ton buds, bot­tle tops and bits of rope.

Lo­cal res­i­dent, An­gela Parry and fam­ily, pro­vided teas and cof­fees for the vol­un­teers as they took breaks dur­ing the work.

She said: “A huge thanks to Cardiff Rivers Group and all the vol­un­teers for clean­ing this sec­tion of the Og­more River - it was stag­ger­ing how much rub­bish had been dumped, es­pe­cially the tyres!

“It was a fan­tas­tic morn­ing. I would en­cour­age any­body who en­joys the stun­ning scenery of Og­more river to take part in the next clean up and help us main­tain its beauty for many years to come.”

Sec­re­tary, Nigel Barry, said: “It will be hard for peo­ple to com­pre­hend but the 200 tyres re­moved to­day is a small re­flec­tion of what’s ac­tu­ally in the es­tu­ary.

“The amount of tyres, trol­leys and cones that we saw to­day is crim­i­nal.

“We had to prize vol­un­teers away from the wa­ter in the end! Three and half hours in the bit­terly cold weather and tough con­di­tions was ex­haust­ing.

“The es­tu­ary is a won­der­ful habi­tat for wildlife and we saw lots of bird species, but in terms of lit­ter­ing, the state of this es­tu­ary is dis­gust­ing and it will take vol­un­teer groups like our­selves years to re­store it to its for­mer glory.”

Cardiff Rivers Group clean up of River Og­more where they found 200 tyres

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