Llanberis children's community pride shines through

Date: 14/02/2018

Children attending an art club at Y Festri in Llanberis were recently given the chance to lead a local anti-litter and dog fouling campaign. Their efforts were part of a joint venture with local residents’ group Pentref Taclus Llanberis Tidy Village and Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns team.

The children, who are part of the Make Your Marks drawing club, really enjoyed meeting up with the Tidy Village group and learning about how bad litter is to on the environment, and they also had the chance to pick up litter in their local play park with members of the residents’ group.

The children later put their heads together and created colourful posters to highlight their concerns. Under the slogan of ‘Caru Llanberis! – Caru Ein Byd! / Love Llanberis! – Love our World!’ the posters will shortly be put up around the village to highlight the children’s campaign.

One of the children who took part was nine year old Cerys: “It’s important that people pick up their litter, so that it doesn’t make the village look untidy or harms the environment. It was fun to design the posters.”

The posters were put together by Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale. He said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the kids at Y Festri in their initiative to help improve their local environment. Their enthusiasm is infectious and it’s great that they can put this to good use by creating these wonderful posters.”

Patricia Pitts, who leads the local environment group Pentref Taclus Llanberis Tidy Village, noted: “I am very glad to have had the opportunity to work with Y Festri and Tidy Towns to create these signs. We hope that they will make people aware of the effects of litter on Llanberis and its special environment.”

Speaking on behalf of the Make Your Marks club Thomasine Thomkinson, added: “Llanberis is a naturally beautiful village and we want to keep it that way. What better way to raise awareness with the children than through an art project, helping to make the village a cleaner, safer place to play.”

Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member, Gareth Wyn Griffiths, added: “Once again, Gwynedd’s children have reported on environmental problems in their community, and with the help of the Tidy Towns scheme they have been able to do something about it. Everyone has a responsibility to prevent litter and dog mess but it is good to see that Gwynedd’s children are educating us about these serious problems.”

Y Festri is a registered charity established to promote and develop community arts initiatives and projects in Llanberis and the wider area. It aims to respect the natural environment and reduce people’s impact wherever possible. Membership of Y Festri is open to all.

Those who discard litter in a public place are committing a crime. Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s street enforcement team on 01766 771000.

Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme is funded by a Welsh Government grant which aims to improve the local environment.

For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start your own community group contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru if you’d like to request a community pack.

PHOTOGRAPH: Some of the children who were part of the environmental campaign in Llanberis