Posted: Mon 29th Feb 2016

Resident groups can make a difference in cleaning up city

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 29th, 2016

Community groups that help look after their local environment are being praised by Swansea Council and litter campaign organisations for their efforts. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Council is now calling on other groups to follow their lead and make their community a nicer and cleaner place to live. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Recently, Friends of Gowerton Woodland have been carrying out regular litter picks and cutting back vegetation along popular walking routes in and around Gowerton. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The group says that they are tackling paths and patches of land that are off the beaten track and have become neglected. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Steve Bolchover, Chair of the group, said: “Initially we focused on Shaw’s Wood. The wood is surrounded by housing, and is well used by local walkers and as a short cut. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have also done litter picks and work at the Elba sports field and in the adjacent woodland and aim to do similar work in other parts of the village. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have taken action ourselves to help make our village a better place that we and all the people of Gowerton can enjoy.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation has welcomed the efforts of the resident groups. He said: “This is wonderful example of the community getting behind the council with the same thing in mind – which is to keep the city clean. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As a council, it’s not possible to be everywhere at once because we simply haven’t got the resources. We want residents to take pride in their city and this a great way to illustrate it. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We want other groups to be inspired and help make Swansea a great place to live. Keep Wales Tidy and the Council can support these groups, providing them with all the equipment they need.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The work has also been praised by Keep Wales Tidy who assists local groups and volunteers with litter picking activities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Kathryn Britton, Keep Wales Tidy coordinator for Swansea, said: “We work with and support groups like Friends of Gowerton Woodland across the whole of Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our aim is to support the community to ensure the environment is cleaner safer and tidier creating a sense of pride within our communities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It never ceases to amaze me how passionate and invaluable volunteers are.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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