Being involved, Being proud and Being Tidy

Friends of Saron strongly believe that volunteers from the community can make a positive difference to the environment in our village. That is why our members and  other residents of Troedyrhiw have responded to the call from Keep Wales Tidy to ‘roll up our sleeves, get dirty and tackle an untidy ‘hot spot’.

Last Saturday we held a ‘Be Tidy’ event on the poorly maintained footpath which leads past Saron Graveyard and links Chapel Street with Cardiff Road.

As will be seen from what follows all participants did a magnificent job so very many thanks are due to the following:-

Sharon         Nikita           Karan

Frances       Chris           Sheila

Mark            Steve Y.      Steve C.

Simon          Andrew        David

Tony            Howell         Gareth

Steve E.

We are also very grateful for the active support of Jake Castle, Local Project Officer, Keep Wales Tidy. His invaluable input leading up to and on the day was much appreciated..

BEFORE THE CLEAN-UP

An overgrown part of the footpath

An overgrown part of the footpath

Another overgrown area

Another overgrown area

The Chapel street end of the path

The Chapel street end of the path

Near to Saron Graveyard wall.

Near to Saron Graveyard wall.

The Cardiff Road end of the path.

The Cardiff Road end of the path.

THE VOLUNTEERS GET ‘STUCK IN’

Lopping overhead branches.

Lopping overhead branches.

Getting ready.

Getting ready.

Some of our younger supporters.

Some of our younger supporters.

Hard but rewarding work.

Hard but rewarding work.

Dealing with encroaching vegetation

Dealing with encroaching vegetation

This was a real team effort.

This was a real team effort.

Putting the finishing touches to the work at the lower end of the path.

Putting the finishing touches to the work at the lower end of the path.

FLY-TIPPED RUBBISH etc

Although we expected  to find rubbish the amount and variety of it surprised and disappointed us. By the end of the day we had left over 30 bags of waste for collection by the Council and were also left with a large amount of woody hedge trimmings etc which we undertook to deal with ourselves.

A dumped vacuum cleaner

A dumped vacuum cleaner

Discarded paint cans.

Discarded paint cans.

A delightful collection of cigarette butts.

A delightful collection of cigarette butts.

A discarded car radio which had been thrown into the undergrowth. Would anyone having this postcode like to reclaim it?

A discarded car radio which had been thrown into the undergrowth. Would anyone having this postcode like to reclaim it?

A council sign which, presumably, some mischievous person had hidden on the path side.

A council sign which, presumably, some mischievous person had hidden on the path side.

A front door which had been dumped.

A front door which had been dumped.

Some hazardous asbestos awaiting removal for safe disposal.

Some hazardous asbestos awaiting removal for safe disposal.

One of two recently used and discarded syringes found on the day. Very worrying!

One of two recently used and discarded syringes found on the day. Very worrying!

THE END RESULT

After what, for some of our volunteers, had been 8 hours of ‘hard graft’ this was the very satisfying end result:-

After clear-up 1.

After clear-up 1.

After clear-up 2.

After clear-up 2.

After clear-up 3.

After clear-up 3.

Please let us know what you think of this day’s work.

Perhaps you would like to become a volunteer yourself?

If you would like to comment or to make a contribution towards the work of Friends of Saron please contact us by email at friendsofsaron@gmail.com

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About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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