School children joined in to help local community groups give our housing estate a major Spring clean
The team’s litter picking efforts ensured the Peulwys estate in Llysfaen was left spic and span and they were rewarded with some well-earned bacon butties at the community centre after they finished.
The operation was spearheaded by our community regeneration manager Owen Veldhuizen and community engagement coordinator Vinny Murtagh and was organised as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s Spring Clean Cymru campaign.
Codie-Lea Smith, 10, a pupil of Ysgol Swn y Don, took part in the spring clean declared it a really cool idea.
She said: “It’s been ace. Everyone has worked really hard and collected loads of litter even sweets papers. It makes things better. I never knew how much litter there was until you look.”
Fellow pupil Alishia Tierney, 10, added: “It’s fun and being out with my mum and my friends picking up litter is a good thing.
“It makes the estate look better and cleaner and its safer for small children too. I think we should do it regularly but it would be better if people didn’t drop litter in the first place.”
Senior teacher Eileen Salter also turned out to help and said she was pleased to see so many children playing their part in the spring clean.
She said: “It’s good to see so many children and families working together. We will have a follow-up assembly at school, in around four weeks, and discuss the litter pick, how good it was and the impact it has had.
“We continue to drive the message home that we all need to play a part in looking after the environment whether that’s recycling or making sure litter isn’t left thrown about.”
Owen Veldhuizen said: “It’s been an amazing turn-out by the community, more than 40 people, and shows what working closely with the community can achieve.