Posted: Sat 2nd Apr 2016

Schools join forces for village Spring Clean /
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Apr 2nd, 2016

Pupils from two local primary schools have joined forces to help clean up a river in Fochriw. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Children from the Eco Committees at Plas-y-felin Primary in Caerphilly and Fochriw Primary School teamed up for a special ‘Spring Clean’ in the village this week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The pupils, joined by representatives from Caerphilly county borough council and Keep Wales Tidy, removed dumped rubbish from the Nant Bargoed and picked litter along the surrounding riverbanks. Some of the items removed included a car bumper, gear stick, alternator, rugby ball, crisp packet, bottles, wrappers, soft drinks and alcohol cans etc. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The project came about after pupils from Plas-y-felin visited Fochriw as part of ‘link work’ being carried out between the schools since September 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

One such activity involved the children from Plas-y-felin receiving a tour of the village led by the Eco-Committee of Fochriw Primary. On the tour the children noticed that there was a significant amount of rubbish dumped in the local river and the on the banks. All the children agreed this was unsightly and were determined to make a difference and get rid of it. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Nigel George, CCBC Cabinet Member said, “We are extremely proud of all the children involved in this collaborative work. Their enthusiasm, drive and motivation to look after their local community sends a clear message to us all that we should respect our local environment and Keep Wales Tidy.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The pupils at Fochriw Primary school are also looking after a tank of salmon eggs which they are hatching. Once they are big enough they will be released in to the stream in the summer term. So cleaning the stream is linking to the health of the fish and the wider environment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fochriw Primary School children will now visit Plas-y-felin Primary in the summer term to carry out an afternoon of environmental action in their locality ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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