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A boost for the Saron Project

We are very pleased to have received the following from Jake Castle, Merthyr Area Project Officer, Keep Wales Tidy:-

“It’s clear to me that the work of Friends of Saron represents a huge value to Troedyrhiw. The work at Saron demonstrates a dramatic physical improvement. Your work towards a community and wildlife garden with an awareness of local history is locally unique and I’m confident that your continued progression can soon achieve a Green Flag Community Award. Furthermore, your organisation contributes to a broader community cohesion with a clear recent benefit in instigating a successful partnership clean-up of the village. I look forward to working with you in the next year and wish you every success.”

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Taking care of our village

Friends of Saron were pleased to take part in the successful ‘Spring Cleanup Day’ in Troedyrhiw recently. 5 village groups including some of our brilliant young people made a real impact on the litter problem today. Over 50 bags of litter were collected together with a variety of other carelessly discarded items. Many thanks are due to Keep Wales Tidy, group leaders and ward councillors for their support. There is much still to be done so please do your bit to help to make Troedyrhiw the best it can be.


Will you support this event?

Clean for Troedyrhiw

 


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


Want to get involved in tidying up our community in Troedyrhiw?

Wales is beautiful and we are proud of it, but unfortunately there are still areas that need some help. The annual Be Tidy campaign run by Keep Wales Tidy is a great opportunity for people of all ages to volunteer, get together and work together to help keep their community tidy. Friends of Saron will, this year, be hosting a Be Tidy event in Troedyrhiw and we are sure that residents will wish to give this their support. If you are interested in becoming involved please get in touch with us at friendsofsaron@gmail.com or on 01623477141 so that we can arrange to make this  the very successful day that it deserves to be.

Be Tidy

 

Please help  Friends of Saron

to make a difference at Saron Graveyard & surrounding area, Chapel Street, Troedyrhiw

Saturday 19 September 2015 from 10.00am


Saron Project Bids for Tidy Wales Award

Troedyrhiw’s Saron Graveyard Project  is, once again, under consideration for one of these prestigious awards. Having missed out last year Friends of Saron  are confident  that the project has moved forward considerably during 2013. Whatever the decision of the award panel this has been a very successful year with the main achievements being:-

  1. the involvement of a large number of younger residents in our Youth Engagement Programme;
  2. some significant improvements on the Saron site and –
  3. securing leaseholder agreement for us to work on their behalf towards obtaining essential  funding.

Keep-Wales-Tidy Logo

Shortlisted groups will be invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony on the 22nd of January at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. The awards are organised by Keep Wales Tidy and sponsored by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food will present the awards and the ceremony will be hosted by S4C presenter Sian Thomas and Welsh rugby legend Tom Shanklin.

Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales said: “The Tidy Wales Awards play an important role in recognising the inspirational efforts made by volunteers in creating and maintaining a high quality environment in their local communities. These are vibrant places that we are all proud of and enjoy and are of fundamental importance to our quality of life.”

Keep Wales Tidy ambassador and Welsh rugby champion Tom Shanklin comments:  “The Tidy Wales Awards is a celebration of Keep Wales Tidy volunteers’ tireless and important work and recognises a wide variety of achievements and contributions from all over the country. I urge groups to apply for this award so that their environmental efforts can be celebrated.”


Volunteer day at Saron

All are having a good go at the sample section of the Saron site where we have been since 10am this morning where a total of 15 volunteers turned up. If all continues to carry on at this rate we will hopefully have this section finished today.

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